Voltairine de Cleyre

Although largely unknown outside anarchist circles Voltairine de Cleyre (1866 - 1912) is considered one of the most important anarchist thinkers and writers in the history of the movement in the United States. According to several sources, de Cleyre heard a presentation by Clarence Darrow about socialism at a Paine memorial convention in Pennsylvania that led her to study socialism. One source states that de Cleyre attended this presentation by Darrow in 1887. However, she quickly gave up socialism for anarchism. Photo from Selected Works of Voltairine de Cleyre (1914).