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From the Publisher"Living the Revolution is a major achievement . . . . Capacious, humanistic, and provocative."
-Voices in Italian Americana
"Jennifer Guglielmo offers a commanding corrective to earlier images of immigrant women as weak pawns in a larger scheme of American immigrant history with this exacting study."
"Guglielmo provides a fresh look at the connections among labor militancy, migration, gender, and race. Living in the Revolution effectively challenges the traditional narrative of early twentieth-century activism among Italian American women and therefore should be of great interest to labor historians."
"Meticulously researched and with a remarkable command of the bilingual archives."—
-Women's Review of Books
"A critically important addition to the field. The author is expansively original in her understanding of the subject and the accomplished integrative analysis of primary and secondary research is of the first order….This work is sure to become one of the fundamental historiographical classics of our era. Guglielmo and the University of North Carolina Press must also be commended for the inclusion of so many phenomenal photographs…which give the nuanced narrative even more profound strength."
"Living the Revolution will alter what you thought you knew—about Italian women, about immigrants, and about radicalism. Read this book!"
-Donna R. Gabaccia, University of Minnesota
"A groundbreaking piece of scholarship that finally shatters the notion that Italian American women were either apolitical or marginal players in U.S.-based immigrant politics in the first half of the twentieth century. This beautifully written and argued account restores Italian American women to the center of our historical understanding of anarchism in the United States as well as both pro- and antifascist organizing in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s. Guglielmo's book also deepens historical understanding of race and whiteness in the urban North."
-Annelise Orleck, author of Storming Caesar's Palace: How Black Mothers Fought Their Own War on Poverty
"Here is the new paradigm in the history of gender and immigration. Guglielmo's careful attention to transnational capitalism and diaspora as well as to Italians' shifting political formations around race make this book as innovative and inspiring as the voices of Italian women anarchists she so vividly documents. A must-read!"
-Nan Enstad, University of Wisconsin, Madison
"Living the Revolution is a very special achievement—researched with extraordinary depth, conceptualized with sophistication, and written with both power and charm. Working from a fully bilingual archive, Guglielmo has arranged a thousand tiny fragments and shards into a coherent, compelling, and always soundly reasoned historical portrait. This is one of the best studies on any European ethnic group I have read in a very long time."
-Matthew Frye Jacobson, Yale University