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The Lost World of Italian-American Radicalism
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Radicalism had a powerful but largely unacknowledged influence in the Italian-American community. This study brings together 16 selections that restore to Italian-American history the radical experience that has long remained suppressed, but that nevertheless helped shape both the Italian-American community and the American left. The detailed introduction by the volume editors interprets the overall history of Italian-American radicalism and offers extensive bibliographical references on the topic, which the volume editors organize into three sections: labor, politics, and culture. A concluding selection relates the radicalism of Italian Americans to that in other Italian immigrant communities. In the section on labor, Rudolph Vecoli, among others, traces the rise and decline of radicalism within the Italian-American working class, and Jennifer Guglielmo breaks new ground in uncovering the involvement of Italian American women in the radical movements.

In politics, Paul Avrich unveils the violent reaction of anarchists in the United States to the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti, and Jackie DiSalvo identifies Father James Groppi as the most important white leader in the Civil Rights movement. On culture, Julia Lisella, Mary Jo Bono, and Edvige Guinta present pioneering interpretive studies on the work of Italian-American women in literature.

PHILIP CANNISTRARO is Distinguished Professor of Italian American Studies at Queens College and the Graduate School, City University of New York. An authority on the Italian American experience and the history of modern Italy, he has written numerous books, including works on fascist cultural policy, a biography of Margherita Sarfatti, and Blackshirts in Little Italy. Cannistraro has also edited The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle and Achievement and is coauthor of a major college textbook, The Western Perspective: A History of Civilization in the West. He is currently writing a biography of Benito Mussolini.GERALD MEYER is Professor Emeritus of History at Hostos Community College, City University of New York, and author of Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician, 1902-1954. He has also written more than 40 articles, reviews, and encyclopedia entries on subjects ranging from Italian American educator Leonard Covello, to the history of Little Italies, and aspects of the Italian American encounter with the American Left. Meyer lectures widely and is an editor of Science & Society and The Italian American Review. He is currently working on a history of the American Labor Party.

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