Lucy Parsons: American Revolutionary by Carolyn Ashbaugh
“The author interprets the radical response to industrialization and monopoly through Lucy Parsons’ career, which spanned the era of the robber barons through the Great Depression. The fortunes of the American left form the fabric into which the author weaves the threads of Lucy Parsons’ colorful and volatile personality.
Historians have compared Lucy Parsons to Mother Jones, Voltairine de Cleyre, Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, and Emma Goldman. However, Lucy Parsons is unique in American History; from her probable slave origins she became a leading spokesperson for socialist revolution. For years she traveled from coast to coast in defense of free speech and labor causes. The Chicago police considered Lucy Parsons “more dangerous than a thousand rioters” and broke up her meetings for 30 years after the Haymarket Police Riot. Theatrical when the occasion demanded it, “Dark Lucy” could command headlines in any North American city.”