L’Ami des Ouvriers (Hastings, Pennsylvania). Vol. 1 No. 1. August, 1894.

L’Ami des Ouvriers (Hastings, Pennsylvania). Vol. 1 No. 1. August, 1894.

L’Ami des Ouvriers (The Workers’ Friend) continued from Le Réveil des Masses (Awakening of the Masses), which was one of a number of anarcho-communist French-language papers to be published in the 1880s and 1890s in the mining regions of Eastern Pennsylvania, the center of French-speaking working class radicalism in the US. This era was the high point of anarchist influence in the US workers’ movement generally and also the period we find the largest number of French-language radical publications. A monthly bulletin edited Edouard David, a Blanquist from the days of the First International, it existed between 1889-1890 and was largely, though not exclusively, focused on international events and debates. Le Réveil des Mineurs edited by Louis Goaziou would continue is from Hastings, Pennsylvania. Both papers, though oriented to their Pennsylvania constituencies, seem to have been mostly printed in New York City. Goaziou, a former Pennsylvania miner, was the central figure in the French-speaking radical US press. He moved from anarchism to syndicalism through the 1890s. He joined the Socialist Party at its founding in 1901. After Le Réveil des Mineurs folded in 1890, he published L’Ami des Ouvriers from 1894 to 1896 , The Tribune Libre from 1896 to 1900, and finally L’Union des Travailleurs from 1901 until 1916. L’Union des travailleurs became the paper of French Socialist Federation of the Socialist Party of America which included French, Belgian, and French-Canadian Americans. The Federation published its L’Union des Travailleurs out of Charleroi, Pennsylvania.

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