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Immigrants against the StateYiddish and Italian Anarchism in America$
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Kenyon Zimmer

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039386

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039386.001.0001

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I Senza Patria

I Senza Patria

Italian Anarchists in Paterson, New Jersey

(p.49) Chapter 2 I Senza Patria
Immigrants against the State

Kenyon Zimmer

University of Illinois Press

This chapter focuses on how Paterson became the center of what is probably the most important Anarchist group in the world. Italian anarchists were at the forefront of persistent local labor unrest, including the violent 1902 silk strike and famous 1913 general strike conducted by the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW). More infamously, a Paterson anarchist assassinated Italy's King Umberto I in 1900. However, by 1906, an exasperated Board of Aldermen threatened to bring charges of libel against publications that continued to equate the Silk City with anarchism. The chapter shows how behind the dramatic episodes that embarrassed city officials stood a dynamic radical subculture rooted in Paterson's Italian population and linked to major transnational revolutionary networks.

Keywords:   Italian anarchists, Paterson, Silk City, 1902 silk strike, 1913 general strike, King Umberto I, Board of Aldermen, anarchism, revolutionary network

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