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Marcella Bencivenni

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791035

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791035.001.0001

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Allegories of Anti-Fascism

Allegories of Anti-Fascism

The Radical Cartoons of Fort Velona

(p.187) 7 Allegories of Anti-Fascism
Italian Immigrant Radical Culture

Marcella Bencivenni

NYU Press

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 sovversivi, fought passionately and relentlessly against fascism. His dramatic cartoons poking fun at Mussolini and his corrupt regime filled the pages of Italian American radical papers from the early 1920s through the end of World War II, and were frequently reproduced into gigantic posters that were used at anti-fascist protests and rallies. The themes and style of Velona's cartoons were the same attributes that historian Cécile Whiting found in the anti-fascist illustrations of The New Masses, The Daily Worker, and Leftward in the mid-1930s by artists like Willam Gropper, Jacob Burck, and Art Young. Like their drawings, Velona's cartoons were politically engaged, didactic, and propagandistic. They also largely covered the same anti-fascist themes—repression, terror, corruption, and war. This resemblance suggests that artistic responses to anti-fascism developed along with political activism and political consciousness.

Keywords:   Italian Americans, sovversivi, visual culture, Italian American anti-fascist movement, caricatures, cartoons

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