The Margaret Sanger Papers


Hall, Bolton (1854-1938)

Irish-born lawyer. Married Susie Hurlbutt Scott (1884), one daughter. A supporter of land reform and proponent of Henry George's single tax theory. Hall founded the Free Acres settlement in Berkeley Heights, New Jersey in 1910. He also founded the American Longshoreman's Union and the New York Tax Reform Association. A prolific writer, Hall authored such books as Three Acres and Liberty (1907), A Little Land and a Living (1908) and What Tolstoy Taught (1911). He also published The Living Bible (1928), the unexpurgated text of the King James version. In 1911 Hall succeeded Edward Foote as treasurer of the anarchist-inspired Ferrer Association. Hall was also active as an attorney for the Free Speech League. A friend and associate of Emma Goldman, Hall spoke at the February 1916 meeting at Carnegie Hall organized to protest Goldman's arrest for distributing birth control literature. A few months later he joined with socialist activists Jessie Ashley and Ida Rauh to support Sanger's challenge of the birth control ban by distributing birth control pamphlets. All three were arrested and convicted, but elected to pay fines rather than serve prison terms.
References: Paul Avrich, The Modern School Movement (1980); Margaret Sanger, My Fight for Birth Control (1931) and An Autobiography (1938); and Alice Wexler, Emma Goldman: An Intimate Life (1984).