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Italian Immigrant Radical CultureThe Idealism of the Sovversivi in the United States, 1890-1940$
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Marcella Bencivenni

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814791035

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814791035.001.0001

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A Literary Class War

A Literary Class War

The Italian American Radical Press

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Italian Immigrant Radical Culture

Marcella Bencivenni

NYU Press

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 themes, programs, and debates contained in its pages. L'Anarchico was the first of nearly 200 radical Italian-language newspapers produced in the United States from the late nineteenth century through the World War II period. Italian radical papers followed the layout of traditional newspapers of the early twentieth century, with four to eight pages and a large folio size of weekly, sixteen pages or more with a smaller format of monthly magazines. Art played a significant role in defining radical papers. Graphic logos, revolutionary slogans, and drawings helped to give newspapers an easily recognizable meaning for their working-class readers. Radical papers also covered similar themes and were concerned with similar issues. All, for example, aimed at educating, informing, and emancipating the immigrants.

Keywords:   Italian Americans, sovversivi, Italian radical newspapers, L'Anarchico, Italian-language newspapers, Italian American press

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