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newspaper image of Voltairine de Cleyre

Discovering Voltairine de Cleyre, Neglected Poet of American Radicalism

Posted by: Amanda Zimmerman

Published in 1978, Paul Avrich’s "An American Anarchist: The Life of Voltairine de Cleyre" was the first substantial biography of Voltairine de Cleyre (1866-1912), an influential member of the American labor movement at the turn of the 20th century. Donated to the Library of Congress in 1986, the biography refers to de Cleyre as “one of the most interesting if neglected figures in the history of American radicalism.”

Portrait of Rose O'Neal Greenhow

From Captivity to Capsized: Wild Rose O’Neal Greenhow

Posted by: Amanda Zimmerman

Among many fascinating books related to the Civil War, the Library of Congress also holds a demurely-bound, water-damaged volume inscribed by its author. This volume, the autobiography of Confederate spy and Maryland native Rose O'Neal Greenhow (1815-1864), documents her exploits as a persistent thorn in the side of President Abraham Lincoln and the Union cause.

cover of the book The Nasby Papers

Lincoln, Locke, and the Disagreeable Rev. Nasby

Posted by: Amanda Zimmerman

In the early 1860s amidst growing unrest between the North and South, American humorist, journalist and political commentator David Ross Locke (1833 - 1888) debuted a character that would be popular with abolitionists for years to come - and with Abraham Lincoln in particular.