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As the world moved toward war, there was less room for their dissenting voices. The United States passed a law in 1903 that banned anarchists from entering the country. Once the war began, the government tried to deport anarchists and other liberal intellectuals. In 1919, Goldman and Berkman were among THE HEYDAY PART TWO: ANARCHISM AND SOCIETY Backlash and Deportations In 1914, a crowd gathered in Union Square in New York City to hear anarchist Alexander Berkman speak. 49 ANARCHISM 50 those deported for their political and social views and activities.

The fervently antiauthoritarian Bakunin saw in Marx yet another version of a dictator, and Marx seemed to see Bakunin as a radical and a conspirator. In 1871, at the end of the FrancoGerman War, the First International began to split along ideological lines. Under Marx’s leadership, the German workers sought ways to function with the system. Bakunin, on the other hand, maintained that abolishing the state was the only way to achieve real change. Some of the workers, predominantly in Spain, Italy, Switzerland, and Belgium, agreed with Bakunin’s plan.

Deeply disappointed, many anarchists lost faith in their philosophical leader. This split came at a time when the already loose ranks of anarchists were in further disarray due to clashes with government and police, deportations, and their During the 1950s, writer Herbert Read brought anarchist principles to a new generation. POETRY, PROTEST, AND PUNKS 53 ANARCHISM 54 own sullied reputation due to violence against heads of state and business. World War I ended in 1918 and was followed not long afterward by the Great Depression (1929–1933), a period of worldwide economic strain.

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