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Judge Clears Way for Deportation of Revolutionaries

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, β€œThe greatest moment of my life.” She added: β€œ"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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