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Judge Clears Way for Deportation of Revolutionaries

December 9, 2009 |  4:00 am


Dec. 9, 1919, Emma Goldman 

Dec. 9, 1919: A judge dismisses writs of habeas corpus for Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman, clearing the way for them to be deported to the Soviet Union as undesirable revolutionaries. The judge grants a temporary delay so that Goldman and Berkman can appeal to the Supreme Court.

Berkman, Goldman and other deportees arrived at the Soviet border Jan. 19, 1920. Goldman called it, “The greatest moment of my life.” She added: “"After 35 years of absence I am returning to Russia with a feeling of awe. I am glad to leave America but I love the American people and expect to return some day.”

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