3575 - ¿The boss has no color line¿: The Limits of Internationalism and Race, 1900-1930

Anarchists and socialists based in Los Angeles fostered an extensive multilingual, international, and interracial community in the decades before World War One. Despite these solidarities, race continued to divide leftist movements and society as a whole. Consistent with the California labor movement during previous decades, Asian immigrants—Chinese, Japanese, or Indian—pushed the limits of many leftists’ commitment to internationalism. As compared to early decades, by around 1907 an increasing number of individuals in the movement strongly contested racism with strident appeals to internationalism. This paper will explore the transnational dimensions of race within the Los Angeles based radical movement and its network that reached most strongly into Mexico, but also the rest of the Americas, the Pacific, and Europe.

Keywords: Anarchism, Race, Immigration, Transnational

Author: Struthers, David (University of Copenhagen, Denmark / Dänemark)


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