"Goddess of Anarchy displays the powers of a master historian, taking the reader to both post-Civil War Texas and to Gilded Age Chicago."—ChicagoTribune
"An outstanding book.... Jones' fascinating portrait presents an enigmatic, unpredictable activist who
sustained a lifelong oratory and writing career."
"Goddess of Anarchy is meticulously researched."—Harper's Magazine
"Jones impresses with this
richly detailed and empathetic study of a complex figure."
biography of a fiery revolutionary whose activism spanned the decades from
Reconstruction to the New Deal...comprehensive
"In disentangling the riddle of Lucy Parsons, one of America's most famous Anarchists, Jones has written an important biography."
—National Book Review
"Jones's book persuasively explains both the causes for which Parsons fought as well as inconsistencies apparent in her character and actions. This readable biography will appeal to readers with many interests, including the history of women's studies, radicalism, labor, race relations, urbanism, and especially Chicago."
"Thanks to Goddess of Anarchy...readers finally have a penetrating account of Parsons's long, remarkable life."—New York Review of Books
"Jacqueline Jones has
produced a stunning, meticulously researched, complex narrative of Lucy
Parsons, America's first black woman anarchist."
—Kali Nicole Gross, author of HannahMary Tabbs and the Disembodied Torso: A Tale of Race, Sex, and Violence inAmerica
"No scholar has done
more to illuminate the tangled politics of race and class in American history
than Jacqueline Jones.... A richly revealing story, brilliantly told."
—Michael Willrich, author of Pox: AnAmerican History and City of Courts
research and insight, the distinguished historian Jacqueline Jones has
recovered the life and thought of an extraordinary historical figure who we
—Steven Hahn, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Nation Under Our Feet: Black Political Struggles in the Rural Southfrom Slavery to the Great Migration
"Lucy Parsons was a unique figure in the history of the American left: eloquent, beautiful, uncompromising in her anarchist faith, and loath to embrace her mixed-race identity. Jacqueline Jones, one of our nation's most distinguished historians, fills her narrative of this remarkable life with both the vivid drama and the critical understanding it deserves."
—Michael Kazin, author of WarAgainst War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918
"One of our most talented historians tackles one of American history's most enigmatic figures.... Goddess of Anarchy is at once a fascinating biography and a window onto the tumultuous debates of the Gilded Age."—Karl Jacoby, author of TheStrange Career of William Ellis: The Texas Slave Who Became a MexicanMillionaire
"This dramatic and
impressive book vividly brings the tumultuous and tragic life of ex-slave and
American revolutionary Lucy Parsons to what should be a large audience. Even
those of us who cherish a more heroic view of Parsons' life in struggle will
learn enormously from this meticulously researched and learned biography."
—David Roediger, author of Class,Race and Marxism