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Auteur: Bencivenni, Marcella
Titel: Italian immigrant radical culture (hardcover)
Sub titel: The idealism of `sovversivi' in the United States 1890-1940

Maligned by modern media and often stereotyped, Italian Americans possess a vibrant, if largely forgotten, radical past. In `Italian Immigrant Radical Culture', Marcella Bencivenni delves into the history of the `sovversivi' [subversives], a transnational generation of social rebels, and offers a fascinating portrait of their political struggle as well as their milieu, beliefs, and artistic creativity in the United States. As early as 1882, the `sovversivi' founded a socialist club in Brooklyn. Radical organizations then multiplied and spread across the country, from large urban cities to smaller industrial mining areas. By 1900, thirty official Italian sections of the Socialist Party along the East Coast and countless independent anarchist and revolutionary circles sprang up throughout the nation. Forming their own alternative press, institutions, and working class organizations, these groups created a vigorous movement and counterculture that constituted a significant part of the American Left until World War II. `Italian Immigrant Radical Culture' compellingly documents the wide spectrum of this oppositional culture and examines the many cultural and artistic forms it took, from newspapers to literature and poetry to theater and visual art. As the first cultural history of Italian American activism, it provides a richer understanding of the Italian immigrant experience while also deepening historical perceptions of radical politics and culture.
2011, 278 pag., Euro 44,2
New York University Press, New York, ISBN 9780814791035


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