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

Marcella Bencivenni


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 generation of social rebels, and offers a fascinating portrait of their political struggle as well as their milieu, beliefs, and artistic creativity in the United States. As early as 1882, the sovversivi founded a socialist club in Brooklyn. Radical organizations then multiplied and spread across the country, from large urban cities to smaller industrial mining areas. By 1900, thirty official Italian sectio ... More

Keywords: Italian Americans, sovversivi, social rebels, Socialist Party, American Left, oppositional culture, Italian American activism, Italian immigrants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780814791035
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814791035.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Marcella Bencivenni, author