Publisher: AK Press
Released: December 12, 2017
The available material in English discussing Latin American anarchism tends to be fragmentary, country-specific, or focused on single individuals. This new translation of Ángel Cappelletti’s wide-ranging, country-by- country historical overview of anarchism’s social and political achievements in fourteen Latin American nations is one of the few book-length regional histories published in English. With a foreword by the translator and an introduction by Romina Akemi and Javier Sethness-Castro.
Praise for Anarchism in Latin America
"For the first time, English-language audiences have access to Ángel Cappelletti’s Anarchism in Latin America, one of the historiographical cornerstones of Latin American anarchism...an invaluable introduction to the hemispheric history of anarchism in Latin America. Gabriel Palmer-Fernández’s clear, skilled, and lucid translation includes an insightful introduction by modern scholar-activists that updates Cappelletti by expanding our understanding of how anarchists have dealt with feminist, environmental, and indigenous issues. This is a welcomed and timely book as anarchist ideas and movements once again surge throughout the Americas."
—Kirwin Shaffer, author of Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and the Left in Puerto Rico, 1897–1921
"The idea of ‘utopia’ was engendered by the European discovery of the Americas, and the continent has continued to be a site for alternative possibilities since then. Ángel Cappelletti’s book is an informative and uniquely handy work of reference."
—Claudio Lomnitz, author of The Return of Comrade Flores Magón
"Progressives have long looked to Latin America for models of resistance and alternative political structures. However, we tend to see these models in a Marxist light. Anarchism in Latin America provides an important corrective, recounting the anarchist historical roots of some of the most important movements of our time."
—Todd May, author of A Fragile Life: Accepting Our Vulnerability
"This book will introduce American readers to the extraordinary history of anarchism among our southern neighbors."
—Staughton Lynd, co-author of Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism, and Radical History
"The book provides a panoramic view of anarchism across fourteen countries in the region, from general strikes in Chilean ports to worker-theorists in Cuban tobacco factories. Cappelletti’s expansive overview offers a rich window into nearly one hundred years of anarchist organizing and agitating, starting in the 1860s when “anarchism took root in a number of activist groups” to the mid-twentieth century."
—Benjamin Dangl, Toward Freedom
"Anarchism in Latin America is at its most compelling when it recounts, at breakneck pace, the lives of the revolutionaries who managed to fit what seems like several lifetimes of work into one."
—Sasha Berkman, The Black Rose Anarchist Federation
"Long in the shadow of Marxism, anarchism has emerged as a respectable field of study over the past two to three decades alongside social movements against structural adjustment and austerity programs in the 1990s and Occupy's stance against neoliberalism and inequality in the 2010s. In that vein, Gabriel Palmer-Fernández's excellent translation of Ángel Cappelletti's Anarchism in Latin America and, in particular, Romina Akemi and Javier Sethness-Castro's introduction encourage North American activists to learn from examples south of the border."
—Evan Daniels, Hispanic American Historical Review
Ángel J. Cappelletti (1927–1995) was an Argentinian philosopher who taught at Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela. He is the author of over forty works primarily investigating philosophy and anarchism.
Gabriel Palmer-Fernández is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Youngstown State University.