Born in Vercelli in 1861, Luigi Galleani is considered, with Errico Malatesta, the most influential militant of Italian-speaking anarchism. First in Italy and then in the United States, where he arrived at age forty, he was well-known as a tireless thinker, agitator, and public speaker who attracted large numbers of workers to the revolutionary cause and, often, to acts of direct action and “propaganda of the deed.” Though frequently glimpsed in numerous histories of radical movements of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, little has been written about Galleani in English. This book, translated from the Italian, brings the fascinating biography of one of the most charismatic exponents of workers' struggles to a new audience. The result of a fruitful collaboration between Antonio Senta, a scholar of anarchist history, and Sean Sayers, a philosopher and Galleani’s grandson, it skillfully animates Galleani’s life and ideas, from his early life in Italy, though his time in America, to his deportation back to his homeland, where he was soon jailed by the Fascists. Senta’s portrayal of the man who edited the infamous Cronaca Sovversiva and inspired a movement of “Galleanisti,” which included such figures as the political martyrs Sacco and Vanzetti, provides a thorough introduction to the man and his times, one that will reward both scholars and activists.
PREFACE, by Sean Sayers
PART ONE: INSURGENT IN ITALY
Chapter I: From Law Student to Labor Organizer
Chapter II: La Boje!
Chapter III: The Redemption of Labor
Chapter IV: From Il Nuovo Combattiamo! to L’Attaque
Chapter V: With Reclus on Lake Geneva
Chapter VI: Come, Oh May
Chapter VII: “The helm is to be built”
Chapter VIII: Against Legalitarian Socialism
Chapter IX: In Prison
Chapter X: Internal Exile and the Question of Protest Candidates
Chapter XI: From Island to Island
INTERLUDE: ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MEDITERRANEAN
Chapter XII: In Egypt
Chapter XIII: Running Again
PART TWO: THE MOST DANGEROUS ANARCHIST IN AMERICA
Chapter XIV: The Revolt of the Dyers
Chapter XV: La Questione Sociale
Chapter XVI: Strike!
Chapter XVII: A Spaniard in Montreal
Chapter XVIII: Among the Quarry Workers of Vermont
Chapter XIX: Cronaca Sovversiva
Chapter XX: The End of Anarchism?
Chapter XXI: La salute è in voi!
Chapter XXII: A Little Bit of Theory
Chapter XXIII: The Mexican Revolution
Chapter XXIV: From Vermont to Massachusetts
Chapter XXV: Facing the World War
Chapter XXVI: Nulla dies sine linea
Chapter XXVII: Free Country
Chapter XXVIII: Adversus hostem aeterna auctoritas!
EPILOGUE: RETURN TO ITALY
Chapter XXIX: In the Thick of the Biennio Rosso
Chapter XXX: The Last Resistance