Amelia DeFrancis '16

Italian American Female Anarchists


The Scholar: Amelia DeFrancis ’16

The Project: Italian American Female Anarchists: The Untold Story of a Radical Past

Amelia recounted the history of Italian American female anarchists and the appeal of radical politics at the end of the 19th century and early 20th. She further explored the decline of the movement and its fall into obscurity, as subsequent generations integrated into society and women chose to hide their radical pasts.

Project Highlight:

“The woman who wrote the primary source book is a professor at Smith College, so I got to talk to her and have a personal one-on-one with her, and she was amazing.”