The Ph.D. Program in History

at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York

GC Events

March 6 – The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons with Prof. Jacqueline Jones of UT Austin


Please join the NYU History of Women and Gender program for the second event of the semester: WEDNESDAY, March 6 from 12:30 to 2:00 pm in 53 Washington Square South, room 701.

Jacqueline Jones, Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Texas at Austin, will discuss her most recent book, Goddess of Anarchy: The Life and Times of Lucy Parsons (see abstract below).

A light lunch will be served.

RSVP to for a copy of the text. All are welcome to attend, whether or not you read the text in advance.


Goddess of Anarchy recounts the formidable life of the militant writer, orator, and agitator Lucy Parsons. Born to an enslaved woman in Virginia in 1851 and raised in Texas—where she met her husband, the Haymarket ‘martyr’ Albert Parsons—Lucy was a fearless advocate of First Amendment rights, a champion of the working classes, and one of the most prominent figures of African descent of her era. And yet, her life was riddled with contradictions—she advocated violence without apology, concocted a Hispanic-Indian identity for herself, and ignored the plight of African Americans. Drawing on a wealth of new sources, Jacqueline Jones presents not only the exceptional life of the famous American-born anarchist but also an authoritative account of her times—from slavery through the Great Depression.”