Wednesday, January 6, 2010

The Songs of Argentine Anarchists 1904-1936

It is undeniable that anarchist ideas had a very important influence in the early stages of the labor movement in Argentina. Many of the first anarchist leaders in Argentina were foreigners, bringing their ideologies with them primarily from Italy and Spain, where anarchist ideas were more developed. Later, these ideas were sustained by local workers and immigrants, who organized themselves into worker’s collectives and fought for anarchist ideals.

One of the strongest features of anarchism in Argentina was its cultural movement: anarchists founded libraries, newspapers, editorials, classes, and night schools. In addition to this, their history and ideals were preserved through music and poetry, which could speak to workers both in the city and in the countryside. In this recording, we can hear their voices singing the revolutionary lyrics that inspired workers decades ago.

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