I didn’t know her, therefore Wikipedia:
Lucy (or Lucia) Eldine Gonzalez was born around 1853 in Texas, likely as a slave, to parents of Native American, Black American and Mexican ancestry. In 1871 she married Albert Parsons, a former Confederate soldier. They were forced to flee from Texas north by intolerant reactions to their interracial marriage.
Described by the Chicago Police Department as “more dangerous than a thousand rioters” in the 1920s, Parsons and her husband had become highly effective anarchist organizers primarily involved in the labor movement in the late 19th century, but also participating in revolutionary activism on behalf of political prisoners, people of color, the homeless and women.
“more dangerous than a thousand rioters” fuck yeah.
Lucy Parsons was amazing! More people should know about her.
Here’s a collection of her speeches and writings to download - they are what scared the authorities so much. In fact they must have been terrified that her writings would spark revolution even after her death, because when she died, every piece of writing in her house, and her extensive library on “anarchism, socialism, and sex” was confiscated by the police and FBI and has never resurfaced! For more about her life and ideas, this article by the IWW Women’s History Information Project, and this article/pamphlet by Keith Rosenthal are good places to start.
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