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Louise Michel

Louise Michel was an inspiring woman leader when the population of Paris rose up in 1871 to establish a short-lived workers' government. After the Commune was crushed, Michel, known throughout Europe as "The Red Virgin," was captured, jailed and deported to the South Pacific. She supported the French colonies' struggles for independence, and was spied on and repeatedly arrested by police forces across Europe until her death. She maintained a lifetime friendship with French writer and poet...See more