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By Michael Demson

Masks of Anarchy tells the extreme tale of Percy Shelley’s poem “The Masque
of Anarchy,” from its perception in Italy and suppression in England to the instant it grew to become a
catalyst for protest between big apple urban staff a century later.

Shelley penned the poem in 1819, after listening to of the Peterloo bloodbath, the place British cavalry
charged peaceable political demonstrators close to Manchester. His phrases could later motivate figures
as wide-ranging as Henry David Thoreau and Mahatma Gandhi—and additionally Pauline Newman, the
girl the recent York occasions known as the “New Joan of Arc” in 1907. Newman used to be a Jewish immigrant who labored within the Triangle Shirtwaist manufacturing facility, and got here to be a number one organizer—and
the 1st girl organizer—of one in every of America’s strongest unions, the foreign Ladies’
Garment Workers’ Union. As she marched with tens, occasionally thousands of New
Yorkers within the streets, Shelley’s poem by no means ceased to encourage her.
“Shake your chains to earth like dew,” it implores. “Ye are many—they are few.”

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No-­ further: ah-no: dammit: Bercheev, Berendeev, Berneev, Berseev; no further, my old chap; here: Budaev, Bugaev . . Bykaenko! " "Hee-hee-hee! " "I've found it! " "Here he is"-the surprised and joyful whisper carries-"Vasily lvanych Bykaenko. . " "Public figure. . " Papochka 19 The whisper becomes louder: "Professor! " And the whisper becomes an exclamation: "Eh. . heh-heh-heh: hee-hee: hee- hee. . " "Now that is something ! " "A liberal, an Austriophile! " "Hee-hee-hee. " . And leaping up, he passes back and forth on the run from excitement behind the thin wall, lights a candle, and quickly runs past the nursery into the dark little room; there to discuss that which had just been learned; there- he locks himself up:- -1 know: already:-in a skipping handwriting, striving to get into the book, our acquaintances begin to drop in ,-all of them, all (Berendeevs, Berenyovs, Burnyovs, Bemilins, Bemiches, Berpovs, Bershes, Berseevs-many hundreds of them !

And you think: "Papochka . . " Yes, the brazen book threatened the drawing room ; as if it were all together an afterthought; oppressed by the collapses of books, Papa came up with the thought to erect a bookshelf: straight into the drawing room. Ai, what happened then! " Papa whispered something of "one' s own" relative to the shelf, methodically slicing his own phrases in the air with a paperknife, which he bore everywhere with him, just like a book, so that his opinion relative to the shelf would lay down before us as obviously as an open book: "Well then .

Papochka 19 The whisper becomes louder: "Professor! " And the whisper becomes an exclamation: "Eh. . heh-heh-heh: hee-hee: hee- hee. . " "Now that is something ! " "A liberal, an Austriophile! " "Hee-hee-hee. " . And leaping up, he passes back and forth on the run from excitement behind the thin wall, lights a candle, and quickly runs past the nursery into the dark little room; there to discuss that which had just been learned; there- he locks himself up:- -1 know: already:-in a skipping handwriting, striving to get into the book, our acquaintances begin to drop in ,-all of them, all (Berendeevs, Berenyovs, Burnyovs, Bemilins, Bemiches, Berpovs, Bershes, Berseevs-many hundreds of them !

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