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Italian Immigrant Radical Culture: The Idealism of the Sovversivi in the United States, 1890-1940

Marcella Bencivenni

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814791035
eISBN:
9780814723180
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814791035.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Maligned by modern media and often stereotyped, Italian Americans possess a vibrant, if largely forgotten, radical past. This book delves into the history of the sovversivi, a transnational ... More


Introduction

Marcella Bencivenni

in Italian Immigrant Radical Culture: The Idealism of the Sovversivi in the United States, 1890-1940

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814791035
eISBN:
9780814723180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814791035.003.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, namely to re-imagine the cultural world of social rebels or sovversivi—their milieu, beliefs, and artistic expressions. It traces the history of ... More


Italian American Radicalism: Old World Roots, New World Developments

Marcella Bencivenni

in Italian Immigrant Radical Culture: The Idealism of the Sovversivi in the United States, 1890-1940

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814791035
eISBN:
9780814723180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814791035.003.0002
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter offers a general overview of the Italian radical movement in the United States. It begins by mapping the social and political scene in Italy after the struggle for unification in 1861, ... More


The Sovversivi and Their Cultural World

Marcella Bencivenni

in Italian Immigrant Radical Culture: The Idealism of the Sovversivi in the United States, 1890-1940

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814791035
eISBN:
9780814723180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814791035.003.0003
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter offers a collective profile of the sovversivi, as well as a discussion of their organizations and cultural life. It examines their role as ethnic leaders, the institutions they ... More


A Literary Class War: The Italian American Radical Press

Marcella Bencivenni

in Italian Immigrant Radical Culture: The Idealism of the Sovversivi in the United States, 1890-1940

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814791035
eISBN:
9780814723180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814791035.003.0004
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Surveying more than fifty Italian radical newspapers, ranging from anarchist to socialist, communist, and anti-fascist, this chapter provides an overview of the press and a discussion of the main ... More


Politics and Leisure: The Italian American Radical Stage

Marcella Bencivenni

in Italian Immigrant Radical Culture: The Idealism of the Sovversivi in the United States, 1890-1940

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814791035
eISBN:
9780814723180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814791035.003.0005
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter looks at the sovversivi's most popular and effective of these recreational activities: the radical stage. Focusing on several plays that have survived, it discusses the use of drama as a ... More


Italian American Literary Radicalism

Marcella Bencivenni

in Italian Immigrant Radical Culture: The Idealism of the Sovversivi in the United States, 1890-1940

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814791035
eISBN:
9780814723180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814791035.003.0006
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter offers a reevaluation of the Left cultural tradition in Italian Americana, bringing attention to the role of literature and cultural traditions in the making of Italian immigrant radical ... More


Arturo Giovannitti: Poet and Prophet of Labor

Marcella Bencivenni

in Italian Immigrant Radical Culture: The Idealism of the Sovversivi in the United States, 1890-1940

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814791035
eISBN:
9780814723180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814791035.003.0007
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter delves deeper into the sovversivi's poetry by discussing the figure and work of Giovannitti, one of the most charismatic figures of the Italian American Left, who gained national ... More


Allegories of Anti-Fascism: The Radical Cartoons of Fort Velona

Marcella Bencivenni

in Italian Immigrant Radical Culture: The Idealism of the Sovversivi in the United States, 1890-1940

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814791035
eISBN:
9780814723180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814791035.003.0008
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter focuses on the radical cartoons and caricatures of the artist Fort Velona. Velona, was an Italian immigrant socialist and labor organizer of working-class origins who, like other ... More


Conclusion

Marcella Bencivenni

in Italian Immigrant Radical Culture: The Idealism of the Sovversivi in the United States, 1890-1940

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814791035
eISBN:
9780814723180
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814791035.003.0009
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter discusses the ways in which culture informed and sustained the activities of Italian radicals. Newspapers, for instance, represented the central communication link and means of ... More


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