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- DescriptionFrom 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 netheless provided a shining example of a transnational collective identity delinked from the nation-state and racial hierarchies.
- Author BiographyKenyon Zimmer is an assistant professor of history at the University of Texas at Arlington.
- Author(s)Kenyon Zimmer
- PublisherUniversity of Illinois Press
- Date of Publication29/06/2015
- SubjectSocial Studies: General
- Series TitleWorking Class in American History
- Place of PublicationBaltimore
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Illinois Press
- Content Note13 black and white photographs, 2 charts, 1 table
- Weight522 g
- Width3971 mm
- Height5983 mm
- Spine23 mm
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