Crystal Catherine <I>Eastman</I> Fuller


Crystal Catherine Eastman Fuller

Marlborough, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 8 Jul 1928 (aged 47)
Erie, Erie County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Canandaigua, Ontario County, New York, USA
Plot Section 5 Lot 207 NP
Memorial ID 119302269 View Source
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Cemetery records have her listed as Crystal Eastman.

Crystal Eastman graduated from Vassar College in 1903 and received an M.A. in sociology from Columbia University in 1904. She received her law degree from New York University Law School, she graduated second in the class of 1907.
In 2000 Eastman was inducted in the (American) National Women's Hall of Fame in Seneca Falls, New York.
Crystal Eastman was an American lawyer, anti militarist, feminist, socialist, and journalist. She is best remembered as a leader in the fight for women's suffrage, as a co-founder and co-editor with her brother Max Eastman of the radical arts and politics magazine The Liberator, co-founder of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and co-founder in 1920 of the American Civil Liberties Union.
Crystal’s first job was investigating labor conditions for The Pittsburgh Survey. Her report, Work Accidents and the Law(1910), became a classic and resulted in the first workers' compensation law, which she drafted while serving on a New York state commission. She continued to campaign for occupational safety and health while working as an investigating attorney for the U.S. Commission on Industrial Relations during Woodrow Wilson's presidency. She was at one time called the “most dangerous woman in America,”due to her free-love idealism and outspoken nature.
During World War I, Eastman was one of the founders of the Woman's Peace Party. Renamed the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom in 1921, it remains the oldest extant women's peace organization. When the United States entered World War I, Eastman organized (with Roger Baldwin and Norman Thomas)the National Civil Liberties Bureau.The NCLB grew into the American Civil Liberties Union, with Baldwin at the head and Eastman functioning as attorney-in-charge. Eastman is credited as a founding member of the ACLU.

Married Wallace Benedict in 1911. They Later divorced.

Married British poet and fellow anti-war activist, Walter Fuller in 1916. Walter Fuller died of a stroke in September 1927.

Crystal died July 1928 at 47 years of Nephritis. Her death left her two children, son, Jeffrey, 11, and daughter, Annis, 7, parentless. Henry Goddard Leach and his wife, Agnes Brown Leach finished raising her children.

Son: Jeffrey Eastman Fuller 1917-1970

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