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ISBN-10: 0252080920
ISBN-13: 9780252080920
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 06/01/2015
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.10" W, 0.90" H

Immigrants Against the State: Yiddish and Italian Anarchism in America

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From the 1880s through the 1940s, tens of thousands of first- and second-generation immigrants embraced the anarchist cause after arriving on American shores. Kenyon Zimmer explores why these migrants turned to anarchism, and how their adoption of its ideology shaped their identities, experiences, and actions.

Zimmer focuses on Italians and Eastern European Jews in San Francisco, New York City, and Paterson, New Jersey. Tracing the movement’s changing fortunes from the pre-World War I era through the Spanish Civil War, Zimmer argues that anarchists, opposed to both American and Old World nationalism, severed all attachments to their nations of origin but also resisted assimilation into their host society. Their radical cosmopolitan outlook and identity instead embraced diversity and extended solidarity across national, ethnic, and racial divides. Though ultimately unable to withstand the onslaught of Americanism and other nationalisms, the anarchist movement nonetheless provided a shining example of a transnational collective identity delinked from the nation-state and racial hierarchies.

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"Zimmer has produced a powerful text that brings to life numerous forgotten rebels and significantly expands our understanding of anti-statist social movements in the first half of the twentieth century... This immaculately researched and carefully composed monograph thus sets a new bar for the study of anarchism."–Anarchist Studies
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ISBN-10: 0252080920
ISBN-13: 9780252080920
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publish Date: 06/01/2015
Dimensions: 9.10" L, 6.10" W, 0.90" H
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