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Guide to the Carlo Tresca "Autobiography" Typescript TAM 443

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Descriptive Summary

Title: Carlo Tresca "Autobiography" Typescript
Dates: undated
Abstract: Carlo Tresca (1879-1943), was an Italian-born anarchist, who emigrated to the United States in 1904. He was a labor organizer, a journalist, and the editor of several Italian language radical newspapers. An opponent of both fascism and Stalinism, he was assassinated in New York City in 1943. The collection consists of a 344 pp. undated typescript, titled "Autobiography," which covers his life and political activities through the 1920s.
Quantity: 0.5 Linear Feet (2 boxes; 334 pp.)
Mixed Materials [Box]: 1-2
Call Phrase: TAM 443

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Historical/Biographical Note

Carlo Tresca (1879-1943), was an Italian-born anarchist, who emigrated to the United States in 1904. He was a labor organizer, including with the Industrial Workers of the World, a journalist, and editor, notably of Il Proletario, the official newspaper of the Italian Socialist Federation, and of  Il Martello, an anti-fascist newspaper. An opponent of both fascism and Stalinism, he was assassinated in New York City in 1943.

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Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of a 344 pp. undated typescript, titled "Autobiography," which covers his life and political activities through the 1920s. It was typed by his second wife, Margaret De Silver Trescca.

Table of contents: More than love -- The seed of revolt -- L'enfant terrible -- Cloudy days -- The awakening of the peasants -- My first oration -- How I became an agitator -- The first arrest -- Jail -- Roma -- Exile -- On American shores -- Guilty -- The Church gets busy -- Roses -- Chivalry -- Lawrence - The new Babylon-- The red trains -- No god, no master -- Strikes and vigilantes -- A good fixer -- In and out -- A strange settlement -- Disorderly conducct -- How I met John Reed -- A day in the life of an agitator -- A wartime Xmas -- Mussolini -- The unemployed and the IWW -- The anarchists I -- The anarchists II -- A pioneer in undercover work -- Release from Atlanta (new story)

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Bobba, Roberta
  • Tresca, Carlo, 1879-1943.

Subject Topics

  • Anarchists -- United States.
  • Italian American anarchists.

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Materials are open without restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive has no information about copyright ownership for this collection and is not authorized to grant permission to publish or reproduce materials from it. Materials in this collection are expected to enter the public domain in 120 years.

Related Material at the Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Carlo Tresca: Dorothy Gallagher Research Files (Tamiment 117)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Roberta Bobba in circa 1994. The accession number associated with this collection is 1994.026.

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