Following the assassination of President McKinley in 1901, Emma Goldman was suspected of conspiring with his killer. This guide provides access to materials related to “Emma Goldman” in the Chronicling America digital collection of historic newspapers.
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After the shocking assassination of President McKinley, the gunman Leon Czolgosz confesses his actions to be inspired by violent anarchist Emma Goldman’s claim that “all rulers should be exterminated.” Investigations continue and a conspiracy theory arises, hypothesizing the McKinley murder was devised and put into action by Goldman herself. Read more about it!
The information in this guide focuses on primary source materials found in the digitized historic newspapers from the digital collection Chronicling America.
The timeline below highlights important dates related to this topic and a section of this guide provides some suggested search strategies for further research in the collection.
September 6, 1901
Leon Czolgosz shoots President McKinley in Buffalo, NY.
September 7, 1901
In his statement to police, Czolgosz calls Emma Goldman an inspiration for the assassination.
September 8, 1901
Authorities search for Emma Goldman.
September 10, 1901
Police arrest Emma Goldman, charge her with conspiracy to murder the President. Czolgosz confesses.
September 11, 1901
Chief of Buffalo Police reveals he has no proof of plot.