Il Proletario (Chicago). Vol. 21 No. 31. August 11, 1917.

Il Proletario, the Italian-language paper of the I.W.W. founded by Carlo Tresca covers the assassination of of the invaluable working class leader rank Little in 1917. Notoriously few photographs survive of Little, with Il Proletario publishing an image I, have never seen before until today. Are other comrades aware of this, or other more relatively unknown images?

Il Proletario (Chicago). Vol. 21 No. 31. August 11, 1917.

An Italian-Language Socialist Federation formed 1902, with G.M. Serrati the principal organizer and initially affiliated with the Socialist Labor Party. It withdrew in 1903, became an independent organization and began publishing lI Proletario with Carlo Tresca as editor in Philadelphia and as a daily paper. In 1906 it became a weekly publication and moved to Chicago . In 1906, the ISF claimed over 40 branches and 1200 members in good-standing and remained independent of both the SLP and SP. After suffering a split in which some members would joined the Socialist Party, others the SLP, the bulk joined the Industrial Workers of the World. Tresca quit as editor to publish his own paper and lI Proletario became the Italian-language paper of the I.W.W. In 1911, Arturo Giovannitti became editor until 1913. IWW activist, and ten years later, fascist trade union leader under Mussolini, Edmondo Rossoni, briefly became editor before World War One. Il Proletario remained a revolutionary syndicalist paper, Angelo Faggi its editor, and like so much of the US radical press, was shit down in 1918 and Faggi deported. Republished as Il Nuovo Proletario after the War from Chicago, it then moved to New York City with its old name and continued to run until the 1940s, one of the longest runs of a radical Italian-language press in US history.

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