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Lucy Parsons Meets William Morris

Film by Helena Stevens

Communication. FilmsChicago (Ill., USA)PARSONS, Lucy (Texas, 1853?-1942)MORRIS, William (1834-1896)SHAW, George BernardWILDE, Oscar (Dublin, Ireland October 16, 1854 - Paris, France, November 30 1900)FERRUA, Pietro (Piero) Michele Stefano (1930 - ....)

Lucy Parsons

Britain 2000

20 minutes

DIRECTOR: Helena Stevens.

Lucy Parsons was one of the first emancipated women in the history of the American progressive movement, along with Voltairine de Cleyre and Emma Goldman. She was also one of the first Afro-American anarchists. One year after the Chicago Martyrs were wrongly hung in 1878, Parsons was invited to visit William Morris in London to deliver a series of lectures on the Haymarket affair and other anarchist topics. Morris was, at the time, a utopian socialist who frequented the same socialist club in Hammersmith visited by George Bernard Shaw, Oscar Wilde, Louise Michel and Peter Kropotkin. Recreating the events, the acting seems a little contrived at times, but the set design is based on the actual William Morris apartment and the research is scrupulous.

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