The Margaret Sanger Papers


The Blast (1916-1917)

Radical labor semi-monthly. Published and edited in San Francisco by Alexander Berkman and his lover, M. Eleanor Fitzgerald. In 1917, when Berkman organized an anti-militarist campaign using The Blast to attack government policy, government agents raided the journal's office, anxious to implicate him in a recent bombing at a San Francisco pro-war rally. As a result, Berkman moved The Blast to New York City, to the same building in which Emma Goldman's journal, Mother Earth, was located. A few months later, on June 15, 1917, government agents entered the New York building, arrested both Berkman and Goldman on charges of "conspiring against the draft" and closed down the offices of both publications.
References: Richard Drinnon, Rebel in Paradise: A Biography of Emma Goldman (1961); Candace Falk, Love, Anarchy & Emma Goldman (1984); and Alice Wexler, Emma Goldman: An Intimate Life (1984).