Carlo Tresca pp 175-181 | Cite as

The Anti-Fascist Alliance

  • Nunzio Pernicone
Part of the Italian and Italian American Studies book series (IIAS)


The resurgence of anti-Fascist activity following the Matteotti assassination generated renewed impetus to forge a united front that would facilitate greater coordination and common purpose. Tresca, by 1925, had become so concerned about the consolidation of Mussolini’s regime and the rapid spread of pro-Fascist sentiment among Italian immigrants that he overcame his earlier reluctance to join forces with nonrevolutionary elements and became anti-Fascism’s most outspoken advocate of a united front. Sovversiv? of every school, he now argued, were morally obligated to unite against Fascism. No one needed to relinquish or compromise their ideals or political program, but they should stop fixating about an abstract future and address the needs of the present. Tresca pinned his hopes for a united front on the Anti-Fascist Alliance of North America (AFANA).1


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