Italian Workers of the World

Labor Migration and the Formation of Multiethnic States
Author: Edited by Donna R. Gabaccia and Fraser M. Ottanelli
Italians migrants and the complex links between international class formation and nation building
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Publication Date: 2005
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About the Book

In Italian Workers of the World, a distinguished roster of contributors examines how the reception of immigrants in their new countries shaped their sense of national identity and shaped the multiethnic states where they settled. Argentina and Brazil welcomed Italian migrants as a civilizing influence, and these immigrant workers played an instrumental part in establishing and leading movements committed to labor internationalism. In the United States, by contrast, the American Federation of Labor's hostility to socialism, internationalism, and unskilled laborers fueled distrust and xenophobia that steered Italian immigrants into ethnically mixed unions like radical Industrial Workers of the World. Essays also focus on specific topics ranging from the work of republican Garibaldians in South America to antifascist currents among Italian migrants in France and the United States, and from a 1912 textile strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to Mussolini's invasion of Ethiopia.

Contributors: Antonio Bechelloni, Fernando J. Devoto, Pietro Rinaldo Fanesi, Donna R. Gabaccia, Mirta Zaida Lobato, Fraser M. Ottanelli, Carina Frid de Silberstein, Michael Miller Topp, Angelo Trento, Nadia Venturini, and Elisabetta Vezzosi

About the Author

Donna R. Gabaccia is a professor emerita of history at the University of Toronto. Her books include Foreign Relations: American Immigration in Global Perspective. Fraser M Ottanelli is a professor of history at the University of South Florida. He is the coauthor of Assassins against the Old Order: Italian Anarchist Violence in fin-de-siècle Europe.

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