A Revolutionary Life
Oxford University Press 2019
New Books in American StudiesNew Books in BiographyNew Books in Gender StudiesNew Books in HistoryNew Books in Intellectual HistoryNew Books in Peoples & PlacesNew Books in Politics & Society December 11, 2019 Lilian Calles Barger
Amy Aronson is an Associate Professor of Journalism and Media Studies at Fordham University and former editor at Working Woman and Ms. magazines. Her biography, Crystal Eastman: A Revolutionary Life (Oxford University Press, 2019), gives us the life of a women’s rights activist, labor lawyer, radical pacifist, writer, and co-founder of what became the Civil Liberties Union. Her life was shaped by key relationships with her mother Annis Ford Eastman and a close relationship with her brother, Max Eastman, editor of the socialist magazine The Masses. Subsequently with her brother, she would launch The Liberator. Eastman spoke and wrote about a variety of social and political problems and was threatened by censorship and economic hardship. One of her chief concerns was how women could combine meaningful work with family life based on egalitarian ideals of independence and freedom. She attempted to live out her feminist ideals by redefining her marriage, motherhood, and career. Crystal Eastman: A Revolutionary Life offers a vivid portrait of a modern feminist navigating the hazards of private and public life as it unfolded in the progressive era.
Lilian Calles Barger is a cultural, intellectual and gender historian. Her most recent book is entitled The World Come of Age: An Intellectual History of Liberation Theology (Oxford University Press, 2018). Her current research project is on the cultural history of feminist thought seen through the emblematic life and work of Simone de Beauvoir.