Anarchism and Violence

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Italian anarchist Severino Di Giovanni, one of the most vocal supporters of Sacco and Vanzetti in Argentina, bombed the American Embassy in Buenos Aires, a few hours after Sacco and Vanzetti were condemned to death. On November 26, 1927, Di Giovanni and others bombed a Combinados tobacco shop. On December 24, 1927, Di Giovanni blew up the headquarters of the Citibank and the Bank of Boston in Buenos Aires in apparent protest of the execution. In December 1928, Di Giovanni and others failed in an attempt to bomb the train that held the President-elect Herbert Hoover.
These actions were almost as controversial then as they would be now, and this text is the story of what happened.

The book we are presenting here is an interesting attempt by Osvaldo Bayer to reconstruct the activities of the Italian anarchist Severino Di Giovanni in Argentina in the 1920's. It also bears all the consequences of such a difficult task undertaken with the thorough but limited tools of the journalist.

Table of Contents


Author's Preface

Background Notes

IFace to Face with the Enemy

IIFor Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti

IIIError, Cruelty, and Blind Obstinacy

IVAnarcho-Banditry versus Drawing-room Anarchism

VThe Anarchist, Love, and the Woman

VIThe Bandits

VIIThe Struggle is Always a Bitter One

VIIIFor Absolute Freedom with a Colt .45

IXThe Last Battle

XThe End