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Ellen A. Kennan – postcards from Rome to Detroit



Roma – Tempio Rotondo di Vesta – 3458
Saluti da Roma
Merry Christmas! signed by Ellen A. Kennan, addressed to Miss L. Elliott 618 Sixth St. Detroit Michigan USA


Raffael Madonna detta del Granduca – 3448
A very Merry Christmas to you! signed by Ellen A. Kennan, addressed to Miss Myra Post University School Detroit Michigan USA



Roma – Castel S. Angelo e Cupola di S.Pietro – 3451

I wish you a Merry Christmas! signed by Ellen A. Kennan, addressed to Miss Colby, University School Detroit Michigan USA

about Ellen A. Kennan:
Association of Collegiate Alumnae (U.S.). Register of the Association of Collegiate Alumnæ. [Boston, Mass. : Association of Collegiate Alumnæ]. Classics 1902-1903 B.A. M.A. Michigan 1896, 1897. Graduate student at Michigan 1896-97; studied at American School of Classical Studies at Rome 1900-1901; teaching Greek and Roman art.
from: Harvard University Library

from: The University of Nottingham
Ellen Kennan was a teacher at the East Denver High School in Denver, Colorado, when she met Emma Goldman in April 1912. According to Goldman’s autobiography ‘Living My Life’ (1931), Goldman, who was in Denver on a lecture tour, was urged to set up a drama course there, which Kennan offered to maintain. Their friendship endured until Goldman’s death. Kennan was apparently discharged by the Denver School Board, who disagreed with her views, in 1918. She moved to New York, where she seems to have remained until her death in or around 1950. Emma Goldman (1869-1940) was one of the leaders of the Anarchist movement in America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. She wrote and lectured widely, and founded the journal ‘Mother Earth: anarchist memoir’. She argued in favour of free speech, birth control, women’s rights and unionization. Goldman was imprisoned in 1917 for her opposition to conscription, and was deported to Russia in 1919, having been born in Lithuania. Disillusioned by Soviet communism, she travelled around Europe and took a particular interest in the Spanish Civil War and its aftermath. Goldman married a Welshman named James Colton, and died in Toronto, Canada. Goldman was especially associated with the anarchist Alexander Berkman (1870-1936), whom she met in the 1890s in New York. Berkman served 14 years in jail for the attempted murder of a steel plant owner. His time in prison was the subject of his ‘Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist’ (1912). After his release, they jointly set up ‘Mother Earth’, which Berkman edited. In January 1916 Berkman moved to San Francisco and founded ‘The Blast: revolutionary labor weekly’. He was also imprisoned in 1917 for campaigning against conscription, and like Goldman was deported to Russia in 1919. Berkman spent his latter years in Europe publishing works criticising Soviet communism. Another close associate of Goldman and Berkman was the anarchist and abortionist Ben Reitman (1879-1942). Other people represented in this collection are Agnes Smedley (1895-1950), American writer and revolutionary sympathiser, who took a particular interest in China; Mary Harris Jones (1837-1930), known as ‘Mother Jones’, union organizer and representative of the United Mine Workers of America; and Benjamin Barr Lindsey (1869-1943), Judge of the Juvenile Court in Denver, Colorado, and social reformer.

The Birth Control Review July 1919

Biblioteca Nacional de Panamá – Actuaciòn de la mujer moderna

Living My Life by Emma Goldman