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Lucy Parsons

Lucy ParsonsAKA Lucia Gonzales Waller

Born: 1853
Birthplace: near Waco, TX
Died: 7-Mar-1942
Location of death: Chicago, IL
Cause of death: Accident - Misc
Remains: Buried, Forest Home Cemetery, Forest Park, IL

Gender: Female
Religion: Atheist
Race or Ethnicity: Multiracial
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Anarchist, Labor Leader

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Anarchist labor organizer

"It was during the great railroad strike of 1877 that I first became interested in what is known as the "Labor Question." I then thought as many thousands of earnest, sincere people think, that the aggregate power, operating in human society, known as government, could be made an instrument in the hands of the oppressed to alleviate their sufferings. But a closer study of the origin, history and tendency of governments, convinced me that this was a mistake; I came to understand how organized governments used their concentrated power to retard progress by their ever-ready means of silencing the voice of discontent if raised in vigorous protest against the machinations of the scheming few, who always did, always will and always must rule in the councils of nations where majority rule is recognized as the only means of adjusting the affairs of the people. I came to understand that such concentrated power can be always wielded in the interest of the few and at the expense of the many. Government in its last analysis is this power reduced to a science. Governments never lead; they follow progress. When the prison, stake or scaffold can no longer silence the voice of the protesting minority, progress moves on a step, but not until then." -- Lucy Parsons, The Principles of Anarchism

Father: John Waller (unverified)
Mother: Marie del Gather (unverified)
Boyfriend: Oliver Gathings (former slave)
Husband: Albert Parsons (m. 1872)
Boyfriend: George Markstall (d. 8-Mar-1942)

    Communist Party USA 1939
    Industrial Workers of the World
    International Ladies' Garment Workers Union
    International Working People's Association
    Knights of Labor
    National Committee of the International Labor Defense
    Workingmen's Party of the United States
    Mexican Ancestry Maternal

Is the subject of books:
Lucy Parsons: American Revolutionary, 1976, BY: Carolyn Ashbaugh

Author of books:
Lucy Parsons: Freedom, Equality & Solidarity - Writings & Speeches, 1878-1937 (2004)


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