An archive of the famous early 20th century Anarchist magazine.
Mother Earth was an anarchist journal that described itself as "A Monthly Magazine Devoted to Social Science and Literature", edited by Emma Goldman. Alexander Berkman was the magazine's editor from 1907 to 1915. It published longer articles on a variety of topics including the labor movement, education, literature and the arts, state and government control, and women's emancipation, sexual freedom, and was an early supporter of birth control. Its subscribers and supporters formed a virtual "who's who" of the radical left in the United States in the years prior to 1920.
In 1917, Mother Earth began to openly call for opposition to US entry into World War I and specifically to disobey government laws on conscription and registration for the military draft. On June 15, 1917, Congress passed the Espionage Act. The law set punishments for acts of interference in US foreign policy and espionage. The Act authorized stiff fines and prison terms of up to 20 years for anyone who obstructed the military draft or encouraged "disloyalty" to the U.S. government. After Goldman and Berkman continued to advocate against conscription, Goldman's offices at Mother Earth were thoroughly searched, and volumes of files and detailed subscription lists from Mother Earth, along with Berkman's journal The Blast, were seized. As a US Justice Department news release reported:
A wagon load of anarchist records and propaganda material was seized, and included in the lot is what is believed to be a complete registry of anarchy's friends in the United States. A splendidly kept card index was found, which the Federal agents believe will greatly simplify their task of identifying persons mentioned in the various record books and papers. The subscription lists of Mother Earth and The Blast, which contain 10,000 names, were also seized.
Mother Earth remained in monthly circulation until August 1917. Berkman and Goldman were found guilty of violating the Espionage Act, and were later deported.
List of contributors(Partial):
Leonard D. Abbott
Margaret Caroline Anderson
Voltairine de Cleyre
John R. Coryell
Julia May Courtney
Francisco Ferrer Guardia
Ricardo Flores Magón
William Z. Foster
Maxim Gorky (translated by Alice Stone Blackwell and S. Persky)
C. L. James
Eugene O'Neill (unsigned)
Robert Allerton Parker
Charles Robert Plunkett
Charles Erskine Scott Wood
List of artists(Partial):
Is it just volume 3 missing
Is it just volume 3 missing from this? Or is there anything else missing?
Volume three, most of the
Volume three, most of the issues of the other volumes, articles from some of the others and over half the bulletin are lost.
Thanks for the info. Are they
Thanks for the info. Are they permanently lost, or are there physical copies in existence somewhere which just need to be scanned at some point?
Haven't a clue mate, I've
Haven't a clue mate, I've seen covers for issues and vol's out there but no actual content unless you count quotes. More may turn up.
I can honestly say this is the largest collection of Mother Earth issues in one place online.
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yeah, it's fantastic, thanks!
Looks like Google digitized
Looks like Google digitized much of this. Not sure if what they've done completes what is missing here, but if you have a HathiTrust login you could download these volumes and split them into individual issues: https://catalog.hathitrust.org/Record/000864035?type%5B%5D=all&lookfor%5B%5D=Mother%20Earth&ft=
@Reddebrek Hello and thank…
Hello and thank you so much for uploading, I am looking for the magazines for a long time now. Acutally I am still looking for the scans of the originals. Did you scan them somewhere?
Thank you again and all the best!
I didn't scan anything,…
I didn't scan anything, these uploads were putting all of the partial uploads by others into one place.
Thanks for tihe informarion!
Thanks for tihe informarion!
Scans of the issues have…
Scans of the issues have been collected on Archive.org https://archive.org/details/mother-earth/Mother%20Earth%20v01n01%20%281906-03%29%20%28-covers%20Harvard%20DSR%29/
Hope that helps