Guglielmo, Jennifer.

Living the Revolution : Italian Women''s Resistance and Radicalism in New York City, 1880-1945 - Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2010. - 1 online resource (417 p.) - eBooks on Demand .

Contents; Introduction; 1 Women's Cultures of Resistance in Southern Italy; 2 La Sartina (The Seamstress) Becomes a Transnational Labor Migrant; 3 The Racialization of Southern Italian Women; 4 Surviving the Shock of Arrival and Everyday Resistance; 5 Anarchist Feminists and the Radical Subculture; 6 The 1909-1919 Strike Wave and the Birth of Industrial Unionism; 7 Red Scare, the Lure of Fascism, and Diasporic Resistance; 8 Community Organizing in a Racial Hall of Mirrors; Conclusions; Notes; Bibliography; Acknowledgments; Index

Italians were the largest group of immigrants to the United States at the turn of the twentieth century, and hundreds of thousands led and participated in some of the period''s most volatile labor strikes. Yet until now, Italian women''s political activism and cultures of resistance have been largely invisible. In Living the Revolution, Jennifer Guglielmo brings to life the Italian working-class women who helped shape the vibrant, transnational, radical political culture that expanded into the emerging industrial union movement. Guglielmo imaginatively documents the activism of two generations of New York and New Jersey women who worked in the needle and textile trades. She explores the complex and distinctive ways immigrant women and their American-born daughters drew on Italian traditions of protest to form new urban female networks of everyday resistance and political activism. And she shows how their commitment to revolutionary and transnational social movements diminished as they became white working-class Americans. The rise of fascism, the Red Scare, and the deprivations of the Great Depression led many to embrace nationalism and racism, ironically to try to meet the same desires for economic justice and dignity that had inspired their enthusiasm for anarchism, socialism, and communism.

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Italian American women -- Political activity -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Italians -- Political activity -- New York (State) -- New York --History.
Radicalism -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Women immigrants -- Political activity -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Women in the labor movement -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Working class women -- Political activity -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.


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