Michael Willrich, American Anarchy: The Epic Struggle between Immigrant Radicals and the U.S. Government at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century. New York: Basic Books, 2023.

  • Allan Antliff University of Victoria


A salient issue in the history of anarchism in the United States during the early 1900s is how movement activists parlayed with state repression, legal and extra legal. Notable ‘flash points’ include the assassination of President William McKinnley in 1901; America’s entry into World War One; and the insurrectionary threat posed by the Mexican Liberal Party (MLP) in U.S.-Mexico borderlands during the Mexican revolution (1910-20). Many more could be enumerated...

Author Biography

Allan Antliff, University of Victoria

Allan Antliff is Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Victoria. He is author of Anarchist Modernism: Art, Politics, and the First American Avant-Garde (2001), Anarchy and Art from the Paris Commune to the Fall of the Berlin Wall (2007), and Joseph Beuys (2014). Antliff is also editor of Only a Beginning: An Anarchist Anthology (2004) and Director of the University of Victoria’s Anarchist Archive. In addition to serving as editor of ADCS, he is art editor for the interdisciplinary U.K.-based journal, Anarchist Studies.