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(1851-1942) US political agitator, labour organizer, editor and author, born a slave. She was for many years most recognized as the wife of the white anarchist Albert Parsons (1848-1886), who was executed on a trumped-up charge of murder during the 1886 Haymarket bombing in Chicago; but her own considerable stature has gradually gained attention. Most of Parsons's work is nonfiction, but one tale, "Communistic Monopoly" (March 1886 The Alarm), conveys its protagonist into the Near Future where a decentralized Utopia flourishes, with local organizations successfully keeping predatory capitalism at bay. After Parsons' death in a fire, the FBI confiscated her library. [JC]
born Virginia: 1851
died Chicago, Illinois: 7 March 1942
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Entry from The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (2011-current) edited by John Clute and David Langford.
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