known for his political activism and writing. He was a leading member of the anarchist movement in the early 20th century.
Berkman was born in Vilnius
in the Russian Empire
and immigrated to the United States
in 1888. He lived in New York City
, where he became involved in the anarchist movement. He was the lover and lifelong friend of anarchist Emma Goldman
. In 1892, Berkman attempted to assassinate businessman Henry Clay Frick
as an act of propaganda of the deed
It is the system, rather than individuals, that is the source of pollution and degradation. My prison-house environment is but another manifestation of the Midas-hand, whose cursed touch turns everything to the brutal service of Mammon.