24 Louise Michel

In March 1871 the people of Paris organized in a Commune, which ignored the government and the armistice and staged a social revolution. One of the heroines was Louise Michel (1830-1905), who vehemently opposed Napoleon III and later became a prominent anarchist. After the revolt was suppressed, she was sentenced to be deported to New Caledonia, but no judge could silence her. She was widely praised by Victor Hugo, and her portrait was distributed on picture postcards.

Louise Michel

Louise Michel
J.M. Lopez
Ca 1870
Photograph, 10 x 6



Inventory of Louise Michel Papers

Louise Michel Documents

A selection of documents on Louise Michel's life from the IISH collections can be found at http://www.iisg.nl/collections/louisemichel/index.php