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Title: The 'Land of the Free'? The United States in the Eyes of Italian American Radicals
Authors: Luconi, Stefano
Keywords: Italian AmericansRadicalismAmerican freedomClass solidarityNationalismEighteen-eighties–nineteen-twenties
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Stefano Luconi "The 'Land of the Free'? The United States in the Eyes of Italian American Radicals" in: Leonardo Buonomo and Elisabetta Vezzosi (edited by) "Discourses of Emancipation and the Boundaries of Freedom. Selected Papers from the 22nd AISNA Biennial International Conference", EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2015, pp.97-105
This essay examines how Italian American socialists and anarchists perceived American institutions and political environment between the late nineteenth century and the mid twenties. It argues that a few radicals initially thought that American republicanism and liberties offered a fitting context for the establishment of a socialist society in the United States. It also points out that, after they moved to the other side of the Atlantic and experienced actual life under capitalism and the lack of trans-ethnic class solidarity among workers in their adoptive country, their earlier fascination with America and their great expectations died away, disillusionment set in, and the eventual disappointment even made some radicals receptive to nationalistic feelings.
Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 978-88-8303-689-7
eISBN: 978-88-8303-689-7
Appears in Collections:Discourses of Emancipation and the Boundaries of Freedom

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