Talk:Voltairine de Cleyre

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Fact Check[edit]

A recent edit to the article states: "In 1909, together with Lucy Parsons, she renounced anarchism and joined the Communist Party of America."

Yet the Lucy Parsons article states that Parsons joined in 1939. What is the source for this edit?

Upon further research it would appear to be Bob Black who added this sentence to this article, and the one on Lucy Parsons. Given the history of this individual with regards to the anarchist movement, the current conflict between two statements inserted by one individual, and the lack of any evidence provided to support it thus far, I'm going to remove it for now. I'm also adding a fact check request to the Lucy Parsons page.

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Voltairine de Cleyre
Voltairine de Cleyre (1866–1912) was an American anarchist writer and feminist, prolific in her opposition to the state, marriage, and the domination of religion in sexuality and women's lives. She began her activist career in the freethought movement, initially drawn to individualist anarchism but evolved through mutualism to an "anarchism without adjectives." Emma Goldman described her as "the most gifted and brilliant anarchist woman America ever produced".Photograph: Unknown; restoration: Adam Cuerden


As much as I value keeping de Cleyre as well represented as possible...[edit]

The paragraph that begins "However, de Cleyre's beliefs..." uses sources that are clearly not from the end of her life. The first quote comes from "Anarchism" which was published in 1901 (the "1914" date comes from when Selected Works was published, not when Anarchism was). While Making of was published only 2 years later (1903). Her works on the Paris Commune, the Mexican Revolution came much later.

Although I disagree she became a communist (her "Correction" in 1907 and "Anarchism and American Traditions" in 1908-9 as well as "The Dominant Idea" in 1910 are better sources if you want replacements) these are not good sources to prove that.

Here are my sources for the dates I've provided: http://wiki.libertarian-labyrinth.org/index.php?title=Chronological_Bibliography_-_Voltairine_de_Cleyre — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:18D:8D80:4EAD:187D:24D7:E3BF:76DA (talk) 02:50, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

I updated the article tag to mention the discussion here. I wish I had sources to contribute myself but I don't. Woodroar (talk) 22:48, 10 August 2017 (UTC)