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Carlo Tresca [electronic resource] : portrait of a rebel /
Nunzio Pernicone.
imprint
New York, N. Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
description
viii, 367 p. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
1403964785
format(s)
Book
More Details
imprint
New York, N. Y. : Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
isbn
1403964785
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
catalogue key
12025206
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [297]-347) and index.
A Look Inside
About the Author
Author Affiliation
Nunzio Pernicone is Associate Professor of History, Drexel University
Excerpts
Flap Copy
"The book is extremely well written, with verve and punch.... It is the story of a colorful, heroic, flamboyant figure told in an accesible way that will earn a wide readership."--Philip V. Cannistraro, co-author ofIl Duce's Other Woman
Flap Copy
"The book is extremely well written, with verve and punch.... It is the story of a colorful, heroic, flamboyant figure told in an accesible way that will earn a wide readership."--Philip V. Cannistraro, co-author of "Il Duce's Other Woman
Reviews
Review Quotes
"One could hardly find a more thorough and finely balanced investigation into the daily fabric of Tresca's life. Pernicone has brought to light and clarified myriad twists and turns of a sleepless fight, with a no-nonsense attitude which points straight to the nitty-gritty." -- Journal of Modern Italian Studies "What comes out of this is a world that has barely been written about and never in-depth: the role of anarchists in the ILGWU and their role in the various factional fights, the role of anarchists in early anti-fascist organizations and again, their role in various factional fights. But what mainly comes out is both sides of the FBI's and the American Government's dalliances with Italian fascism. It is not for the faint of heart. It is a damning indictment." -- Anarcho-Syndicalist Review "A major gap in the radical history of the United States has at last been filled . . . By recovering Tresca's story, Pernicone's work sheds light on the critical role of immigrants, both as leaders and as foot soldiers in creating and, at least for some time, consolidating a mass base of the Left." -- Altreitalie "The book is extremely well written, with verve and punch.... It is the story of a colorful, heroic, flamboyant figure told in an accesible way that will earn a wide readership." --Philip V. Cannistraro, co-author of Il Duce's Other Woman "Nunzio Pernicone has clarified and corrected the historical record, shedding new light on the meaning of Tresca's life and putting it fully into the context of a turbulent era. Based on an extraordinary amount of research in primary and secondary Italian and American sources, he has written the definitive biography of this charismatic and fearless rebel. For anyone interested in Italian-American studies, labor history, and radical politicsor who seeks an in-depth understanding of early twentieth century United States history--Pernicone's biography of Tresca is must reading."--Spencer M. Di Scala, Professor and History Graduate Program Director, University of Massachusetts Boston. "Carlo Tresca finally has the biography which he richly deserves. Based on more than thirty years of research, Nunzio Pernicone has scrupulously and meticulously redeemed the life and death of one of the most charismatic figures in the history of American radicalism. With impressive scholarship, Pernicone portrays Tresca in the context of the Italian American labor and anti-fascist movements of which he was a central actor. Tresca emerges from this volume as a fearless and unrelenting champion of liberty and justice."--Rudolph J. Vecoli, Professor of History, University of Minnesota
"One could hardly find a more thorough and finely balanced investigation into the daily fabric of Tresca's life. Pernicone has brought to light and clarified myriad twists and turns of a sleepless fight, with a no-nonsense attitude which points straight to the nitty-gritty." --Journal of Modern Italian Studies "What comes out of this is a world that has barely been written about and never in-depth: the role of anarchists in the ILGWU and their role in the various factional fights, the role of anarchists in early anti-fascist organizations and again, their role in various factional fights. But what mainly comes out is both sides of the FBI's and the American Government's dalliances with Italian fascism. It is not for the faint of heart. It is a damning indictment." --Anarcho-Syndicalist Review "A major gap in the radical history of the United States has at last been filled . . . By recovering Tresca's story, Pernicone's work sheds light on the critical role of immigrants, both as leaders and as foot soldiers in creating and, at least for some time, consolidating a mass base of the Left." --Altreitalie "The book is extremely well written, with verve and punch.... It is the story of a colorful, heroic, flamboyant figure told in an accesible way that will earn a wide readership." --Philip V. Cannistraro, co-author ofIl Duce's Other Woman"Nunzio Pernicone has clarified and corrected the historical record, shedding new light on the meaning of Tresca's life and putting it fully into the context of a turbulent era. Based on an extraordinary amount of research in primary and secondary Italian and American sources, he has written the definitive biography of this charismatic and fearless rebel. For anyone interested in Italian-American studies, labor history, and radical politics--or who seeks an in-depth understanding of early twentieth century United States history--Pernicone's biography of Tresca is must reading."--Spencer M. Di Scala, Professor and History Graduate Program Director, University of Massachusetts Boston."Carlo Tresca finally has the biography which he richly deserves. Based on more than thirty years of research, Nunzio Pernicone has scrupulously and meticulously redeemed the life and death of one of the most charismatic figures in the history of American radicalism. With impressive scholarship, Pernicone portrays Tresca in the context of the Italian American labor and anti-fascist movements of which he was a central actor. Tresca emerges from this volume as a fearless and unrelenting champion of liberty and justice."--Rudolph J. Vecoli, Professor of History, University of Minnesota
"One could hardly find a more thorough and finely balanced investigation into the daily fabricof Tresca's life. Pernicone has brought to light and clarified myriad twists and turns of a sleepless fight, with a no-nonsense attitude which points straight to the nitty-gritty." -- Journal of Modern Italian Studies "What comes out of this is a world that has barely been written about and never in-depth: the role of anarchists in the ILGWU and their role in the various factional fights, the role of anarchists in early anti-fascist organizations and again, their role in various factional fights. But what mainly comes out is both sides of the FBI's and the American Government's dalliances with Italian fascism. It is not for the faint of heart. It is a damning indictment." -- Anarcho-Syndicalist Review "A major gap in the radical history of the United States has at last been filled . . . By recovering Tresca's story, Pernicone's work sheds light on the critical role of immigrants, both as leaders and as foot soldiers in creating and, at least for some time, consolidating a mass base of the Left." -- Altreitalie "The book is extremely well written, with verve and punch.... It is the story of a colorful, heroic, flamboyant figure told in an accesible way that will earn a wide readership." --Philip V. Cannistraro, co-author of Il Duce's Other Woman "Nunzio Pernicone has clarified and corrected the historical record, shedding new light on the meaning of Tresca's life and putting it fully into the context of a turbulent era. Based on an extraordinary amount of research in primary and secondary Italian and American sources, he has written the definitive biography of this charismatic and fearless rebel. For anyone interested in Italian-American studies, labor history, and radical politicsor who seeks an in-depth understanding of early twentieth century United States history--Pernicone's biography of Tresca is must reading."--Spencer M. Di Scala, Professor and History Graduate Program Director, University of Massachusetts Boston. "Carlo Tresca finally has the biography which he richly deserves. Based on more than thirty years of research, Nunzio Pernicone has scrupulously and meticulously redeemed the life and death of one of the most charismatic figures in the history of American radicalism. With impressive scholarship, Pernicone portrays Tresca in the context of the Italian American labor and anti-fascist movements of which he was a central actor. Tresca emerges from this volume as a fearless and unrelentingchampion of liberty and justice."--Rudolph J. Vecoli, Professor of History, University of Minnesota
"The book is extremely well written, with verve and punch.... It is the story of a colorful, heroic, flamboyant figure told in an accesible way that will earn a wide readership."--Philip V. Cannistraro, co-author ofIl Duce's Other Woman "Nunzio Pernicone has clarified and corrected the historical record, shedding new light on the meaning of Tresca's life and putting it fully into the context of a turbulent era. Based on an extraordinary amount of research in primary and secondary Italian and American sources, he has written the definitive biography of this charismatic and fearless rebel. For anyone interested in Italian-American studies, labor history, and radical politicsor who seeks an in-depth understanding of early twentieth century United States historyPernicone's biography of Tresca is must reading."--Spencer M. Di Scala, Professor and History Graduate Program Director, University of Massachusetts Boston. "Carlo Tresca finally has the biography which he richly deserves. Based on more than thirty years of research, Nunzio Pernicone has scrupulously and meticulously redeemed the life and death of one of the most charismatic figures in the history of American radicalism. With impressive scholarship, Pernicone portrays Tresca in the context of the Italian American labor and anti-fascist movements of which he was a central actor. Tresca emerges from this volume as a fearless and unrelenting champion of liberty and justice."--Rudolph J. Vecoli, Professor of History, University of Minnesota
"The book is extremely well written, with verve and punch.... It is the story of a colorful, heroic, flamboyant figure told in an accesible way that will earn a wide readership."--Philip V. Cannistraro, co-author of "Il Duce's Other Woman" "Nunzio Pernicone has clarified and corrected the historical record, shedding new light on the meaning of Tresca' s life and putting it fully into the context of a turbulent era. Based on an extraordinary amount of research in primary and secondary Italian and American sources, he has written the definitive biography of this charismatic and fearless rebel. For anyone interested in Italian-American studies, labor history, and radical politics-- or who seeks an in-depth understanding of early twentieth century United States history-- Pernicone' s biography of Tresca is must reading."--Spencer M. Di Scala, Professor and History Graduate Program Director, University of Massachusetts Boston. "Carlo Tresca finally has the biography which he richly deserves. Based on more than thirty years of research, Nunzio Pernicone has scrupulously and meticulously redeemed the life and death of one of the most charismatic figures in the history of American radicalism. With impressive scholarship, Pernicone portrays Tresca in the context of the Italian American labor and anti-fascist movements of which he was a central actor. Tresca emerges from this volume as a fearless and unrelenting champion of liberty and justice."--Rudolph J. Vecoli, Professor of History, University of Minnesota
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Summaries
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Known as a 'freelance revolutionary' because of his militant activism, Carlo Tresca was among the foremost radicals & labour activists in the US during the 1930s and up until his death in 1943. An anarchist and passionate foe of both fascism & Stalinism, Tresca was a folk hero amongst immigrant & native-born workers alike.
Description for Bookstore
This biography reveals the life of one of the American left's most controversial and charismatic figures in the early twentieth century: anarchist, activist, and revolutionary Carlo Tresca. Emigrating to America at age twenty-five from Italy, Tresca became a leader in the fight for workers' rights, alongside activists like Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and Emma Goldman. Tresca played many roles for his cause: newspaper editor, labor agitator and organizer, civil libertarian, anti-fascist, and an indomitable foe of Stalinism. He continued to fight for the rights of the oppressed until gunned down by Mafioso Carmine Galante, a crime which would never be prosecuted. This engaging book not only relates Tresca's adventure-filled story, but brings to life the volatile world of radical politics in early twentieth century America.
Main Description
The premier biography of the anarchist who waged a forty-year battle for social justice in America T his is the first biography written on the anarchist, activist, and revolutionary Carlo Tresca, one of the American left's most controversial and charismatic figures in the early twentieth century. Emigrating to America at age twenty-five from Italy, Tresca became a leader in the fight for workers' rights, alongside activists like Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and Emma Goldman. Tresca played many roles for his cause: newspaper editor, labor agitator and organizer, civil libertarian, anti-fascist, and an indomitable foe of Stalinism. He continued to fight for the rights of the oppressed until gunned down by Mafioso Carmine Galante, a crime which would never be prosecuted. This engaging book not only relates Tresca's adventure-filled story, but brings to life the volatile world of radical politics in early twentieth-century America.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Revolutionary Apprenticeshipp. 7
Il Proletariop. 21
Freelance of Revolutionp. 33
Lawrencep. 49
On to Patersonp. 61
Tresca and Flynnp. 73
From Union Square to Mesabi Rangep. 85
Surviving Repressionp. 95
Postwar Activitiesp. 103
Sacco and Vanzettip. 113
New Enemiesp. 123
Early Anti-Fascist Activitiesp. 135
Frame-Upp. 147
The Resistance Awakensp. 163
The Anti-Fascist Alliancep. 175
A Year of Violence and Deathp. 183
Troubled Times for Anti-Fascismp. 195
The Depression and the New Dealp. 209
Fascism on the Marchp. 217
Taking on the Stalinistsp. 227
The Town Anarchistp. 237
The Last Yearsp. 249
Murder in the Dimoutp. 265
Theories and Investigationsp. 275
Who Ordered Tresca's Murder?p. 289
Notesp. 297
Bibliographical Essayp. 349
Indexp. 353
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