Resistance

Resistance

Archive of issues of Resistance, an anarchist publication produced out of New York from 1947-1954.

In 1947, Why? changed its title to Resistance. Running until 1954, Resistance was commonly seen as an anarcho-pacifist publication and included contributers such as Paul Goodman, George Woodcock, David Thoreau Wieck, Melvin Grieg and David Dellinger, among many others. The publication was associated with anti-conscription efforts and spoke harshly against segregation and racism in the United States at the time. The anarchism conceived of by Resistance proved influencial on Colin Ward, Freedom newspaper, the French anarchist newspaper Noir et Rouge and the Italian Volontá. After going defunct in 1954, a number of the Resistance group went on to be involved in the magazine, Liberation.

Most issues archived here have been graciously digitized for libcom.org by the Centre International de Recherches sur l'Anarchisme (CIRA) in Lausanne, Switzerland or have been purchased with money generously provided to us by our users.

Comments

Juan Conatz
Jul 11 2016 04:27

Well, just finished uploading 27 full issues of this. Need to check further, but if this isn't the full run of the publication, it is pretty close. I imagine only a few issues are missing.

For some discussion of Resistance, check out the '1947' page in this archive.

For more background information on this publication and/or the people involved, I would recommend Unruly equality: U.S. anarchism in the twentieth century by Andrew Cornell and Anarchist voices: an oral history of anarchism in America, edited by Paul Avrich.

syndicalist
Jul 11 2016 17:15

Look forward to combing thru the issues. I have a few original copies of this, "Why?" and "Retort".

Actually one of the participants, David Koven was a "silent" member of the W.S.A.
He paid dues but we never heard anything from him. It was actually a long time before I realized who he was. A pity I never interviewed him.

Quote:
Unruly equality: U.S. anarchism in the twentieth century by Andrew Cornell

Need to get this book. And the one on Jewish and Italian anarchists.

looking forward to getting the new Dolgoff book as well. But I am advised that someone in the book made a not so nice comment about our fomer NY Libertarian Workers Group.....can't wait to read that comment.

Steven.
Jul 26 2016 07:41
syndicalist wrote:
Look forward to combing thru the issues. I have a few original copies of this, "Why?" and "Retort".

If you have any that we don't have online yet it would be great if you could lend them to us!

syndicalist
Jul 26 2016 15:09
Steven. wrote:
syndicalist wrote:
Look forward to combing thru the issues. I have a few original copies of this, "Why?" and "Retort".

If you have any that we don't have online yet it would be great if you could lend them to us!

We'll see what we cam do. A lot of this stuff has been looooong packed away.