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Facing Toward the Dawn: the Italian Anarchists of New London September 26


Richard Lenzi, author of “Facing Toward the Dawn: the Italian Anarchists of New London” will bring the little-known history of the Fort Trumbull anarchists to life in a talk hosted by New London Landmarks on September 26 at 7:00 p.m. in the B.P. Learned Mission auditorium at 40 Shaw Street.

"New London's Fort Trumbull neighborhood gave rise to a unique, resilient and deep-rooted anarchist movement," says Lenzi. "It cuts against stereotypical representations of Italian Americans as having been uniformly conservative or reactionary."

Even with all the attention paid to the Fort Trumbull neighborhood during the eminent domain battle, this history is nearly forgotten.  It’s hard today to imagine a time when fascists and anarchists clashed in New London’s streets, or when people crowded into a New London theater for a six-hour-long debate on the best way to overthrow capitalism.

Following Lenzi’s presentation, New London Landmarks board member Fred Paxton will moderate a discussion between Lenzi and audience members.

This program is funded by a grant from Connecticut Humanities. Connecticut Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, supports cultural and historic organizations that tell the state’s stories, build community and enrich lives.

 No pre-registration is necessary for this free program, but descendants of the Fort Trumbull anarchists can email director@newlondonlandmarks or call 860-442-0003 for reserved seating.

Sponsored by Fiddleheads Natural Foods Cooperative.

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