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By Howard Zinn

ISBN-10: 0807073261

ISBN-13: 9780807073261

World-renowned historian Howard Zinn has grew to become to drama to discover the legacy of Karl Marx and Emma Goldman and to delve into the intricacies of political and social judgment of right and wrong might be extra deeply than conventional heritage allows. 3 performs brings jointly all this paintings, together with the formerly unpublished Daughter of Venus, in addition to a brand new introductory essay on political theater, and prefaces to every of the plays.


The first act of 'Emma,' Howard Zinn's play approximately Emma Goldman, is a small miracle. here's a drama that holds down the heroics, polemics and didacticism to which fits approximately heroes and heroines are companies. actual, Emma is idealized; she is loving, sincere, selfless, bold, yet she is additionally human and believable.—Walter Goodman, manhattan Times

"[Marx in Soho is] an imaginitive critique of our society's hypocrisies and injustices, and an pleasing, shiny portrait of Karl Marx as a voice of humanitarian justice - that's might be tips to bear in mind him."—Kirkus Reviews

"[Daughter of Venus's] principal matters - own and social ethics; the stability of duties to ourselves, our households, and our fellow voters; the makes use of and abuses of political and clinical energy - stay as well timed as ever. . . . Zinn not just screens a fluid and passionately devoted variety but additionally is making an attempt to do whatever attention-grabbing with it: to interweave a narrative of familial tensions and nationwide politics, and in doing in an effort to remind us that the best way we are living our lives at the small, neighborhood, day by day scale of kinfolk existence could have repercussions and implications for the lifetime of the country at large."—Louise Kennedy, Boston Globe

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FATHER (sternly): No secrets there, girls! Be polite! LEVINE: Was it hard finding work here? FATHER: Oh, no, not hard at all. ”) FATHER (turns to them, annoyed): What are you two making those noises for? Don’t you know how to sit at a table? (To Levine) You know Jacob, Emma’s husband. He has a good job. A big factory. They make beds. EMMA (speaking up this time): Six dollars a week. Twelve hours a day. He isn’t home yet. 22 howard zinn FATHER (ignoring that): Emma has a job too. In the garment district.

Voice softens) Let me explain to you, Inspector Sullivan, and to you, members of the police force, how we came to be anarchists. ) First, we examined our own lives and found we were living by rules we had not made, in ways we did not want, estranged from our most powerful human desires. Then, we opened our eyes and looked around the city. At five in the morning we could see the workers open their windows to catch a breath of fresh air before going to the factory. In the winter, we saw the corpses of old men and women who froze because they had no fuel.

FEDYA: Sasha, who died and left you money? SASHA: Today was payday. VITO (to Emma): He works in a cigar factory. Guess his age. EMMA: Thirty-five? VITO: Twenty-one. EMMA: He’s no older than me. VITO: Sasha is older than everyone. ) Hey, Sasha, say hello to our new comrade from Rochester, Emma Goldman. SASHA (looks up, nods, continuing to eat): Johann Most is speaking at the Academy of Music tomorrow night. ) I have the leaflets here. EMMA: Johann Most himself ? emma 29 SASHA (looking up at her really for the first time): You’ve never heard him speak?

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