Nebraska Authors

Anna Louise Strong

AKA: "Anise" (pen-name as poet)

Born 1885-11-24 Friend, NE (USA)

Died 1970-03-29
Beijing (CHINA)

Beijing (CHINA)
Babaoshan Cemetery

Famed radical American journalist, labor radical, and socialist and communist sympathizer, Anna Strong had early involvement with the Wobblies on the West Coast. She was the organizer of the "Know Your City" movements in Seattle, Portland, and elsewhere after 1919. Strong took the first cars of food to Volga, Russia, in 1921 and was a well-known author on Russia, its political economy, social and educational condition. Expelled from Russia as a spy in 1949, Strong was much investigated in the U.S. in the 1950s and later. She continued her career as a journalist in China and taught Trotsky English. She knew an astonishing number of people, ranging from Big Bill Haywood, Emma Goldman and Mother Bloor, to Eleanor Roosevelt, to Stalin, Litvinov, Mao Tse-tung, and Chou En-lai.

Places Lived

Friend, NE (1885-pre1900)
Oberlin, OH
Bryn Mawr, PA
Chicago, IL
Seattle, WA

Author Of

  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Biography
  • Journalism


Politics; Socialism; Communism; USSR; China; Autobiography


Bachelor of Arts Degree, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
Master of Arts Degree, Bryn Mawr, Bryn Mawr, PA
Ph.D., University of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Founder and Managing Editor of Moscow News,the first English-language paper published in Russia, 1930
Feature Editor, Seattle Union Record

Places Worked

United States Children's Bureau
Seattle School Board, Seattle, WA
Seattle Union Record, Seattle, WA
National Child Labor Committee
Moscow correspondent for the International News Service


Listed in Women of the West, 1928


Strong was very prolific. For a more complete listing see her file:

Storm Songs: Songs of the City. 1906.
The King's Palace. 1908.
Psychology of Prayer. 1909.
Boys and Girls of the Bible. On the Eve of Home Rule. 1914.
Ragged Verse By Anise. 1918.
History of the Seattle General Strike. 1919.
Red Star in Samarkand. 1921.
The First Time in History. 1924.
Children of Revolution: China's Millions. 1928.
The Road to Gray Pamir. 1931.
The Soviet Conquers Wheat. 1931.
Letters From China, vol 1-3. 1962-65.

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