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Immigrants against the State: Yiddish and Italian Anarchism in America

Kenyon Zimmer


From the 1880s through the 1940s, tens of thousands of first- and second-generation immigrants embraced the anarchist cause after arriving on American shores. This book explores why these migrants turned to anarchism, and how their adoption of its ideology shaped their identities, experiences, and actions. The book focuses on Italians and Eastern European Jews in San Francisco, New York City, and Paterson, New Jersey. Tracing the movement's changing fortunes from the pre-World War I era through the Spanish Civil War, the book argues that anarchists, opposed to both American and Old World natio ... More

Keywords: anarchism, migrants, transnational collective identity, Italians, Eastern European Jews, anarchists, Old World nationalism, American nationalism, assimilation, diversity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039386
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039386.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kenyon Zimmer, author
University of Texas at Arlington