Subversive Historian – 12/16/08

The Heroine of the Paris Commune

One-hundred and thirty-seven years ago on this day in people’s history, Louise Michel stood trail for her participation in the Paris Commune. On December 16th 1871, the French revolutionary schoolteacher was sentenced to deportation to New Calendonia. The condemnation followed a prison stay of twenty months on charges of attempting to overthrow the government. In that accusation, the trial of “Good Louise” or the “Red Virgin” as she became dually known, centered around Michel’s involvement in the historic commune an ambulance nurse and soldier. In exile she resumed her activities as a teacher before returning to Paris as an unrepentant Communard. Michel continued her revolutionary activities throughout Europe until her death in France in 1905.

The life of the Heroine of the Paris Commune best exemplifies the purity of the red virgin’s rebellious spirit.


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