Free the Future Press, Sommerville, MA 2023
Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 in
Color: black ink cover and interior
Edition open edition
A hundred years later, these Italian mutual aid societies are all but forgotten--and were nothing more than vague family stories for me (my ancestors were members of some of these societies). As mutual aid groups sprouted up again during the pandemic, I remembered these family stories, and started doing some digging.
The zine draws on material from archival records, books, local Italian-language newspapers, and good old-fashioned microfilm. Along the way, we learn how these societies operated, where they came from, where they went--and where they went wrong.
This publication includes illustrations by Pat Falco, a Boston artist who is also descended from members of Boston's Italian mutual aid societies.