Emma Goldman's Deportation Portrait, 1919

Emma Goldman's deportation portrait, 1919. In post-World War I America, foreigners and their "foreign ideas" were increasingly untolerated. Following her release from prison in 1919, Goldman was immediately re-arrested on the order of J. Edgar Hoover, then director of intelligence for the U.S. Justice Department. Hoover persuaded the courts to deny Goldman's citizenship claims, thus making her liable to deportation under the 1918 Alien Act, which allowed for the expulsion of any alien found to be an anarchist. On December 21, 1919, Goldman and 248 other foreign-born radicals were deported to the Soviet Union.

Courtesy of the Emma Goldman Papers, University of California, Berkeley.

How to cite this page

Jewish Women's Archive. "Emma Goldman's Deportation Portrait, 1919." (Viewed on January 27, 2020) <https://qa.jwa.org/media/anarchist-goldman-still-image>.


Help us elevate the voices of Jewish women.

donate now

Get JWA in your inbox