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Carlo Tresca : Portrait of a Rebel by Nunzio Pernicone

By Nunzio Pernicone

An immense chief of Italian immigrants in the US, Tresca prepared with the IWW, served at the Sacco and Vanzetti safety Committee, and led the struggle opposed to totalitarianism at the left and the perfect, scuffling with either Bolshevism and Mussolini-style fascism.

summary: a tremendous chief of Italian immigrants in the US, Tresca geared up with the IWW, served at the Sacco and Vanzetti protection Committee, and led the struggle opposed to totalitarianism at the left and the fitting, struggling with either Bolshevism and Mussolini-style fascism

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The consul general of Philadelphia singled out Tresca and La Plebe from other Italian American subversive newspapers: La Plebe, an anarchistic weekly published in Pittsburgh, engages in very active subversive propaganda and is especially noteworthy for its systematic incitement to antimilitarism and draft evasion. 21 Tresca was a staunch anti-militarist. His concern was for the young Italianimmigrant men who were not naturalized citizens. Unless they obtained deferments by bribing a consular officer (a regular practice), they were subject to conscription into the Italian army, where conditions and discipline were especially harsh.

His concern was for the young Italianimmigrant men who were not naturalized citizens. Unless they obtained deferments by bribing a consular officer (a regular practice), they were subject to conscription into the Italian army, where conditions and discipline were especially harsh. indd 35 7/20/10 2:17:12 PM 36 Carlo Tresca: Portrait of a Rebel military service as a form of slavery. As a revolutionary, Tresca understood that a primary function of armies was to suppress proletarian rebellion. ”23 Conflict between Italian radicals and the priesthood in Pittsburgh had recently escalated, and the Church enlisted the support of secular authorities to assist them.

The law was whatever the magnates and their satraps said it was, and those who resisted were likely to end up in jail or dead. The sovversivi had acquired a substantial following among the Italian coal miners of western Pennsylvania, but the FSI section in Pittsburgh was far weaker than its Philadelphia counterpart, having been organized only in 1906 or 1907. Tresca’s arrival, therefore, caused immediate alarm among local consular officials, priests, and prominenti. 18 Since the 19th century, subversive newspapers were stifled through repeated confiscation of offending issues.

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