Bobba, Roberta

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These images are mostly of comrades and one-time lovers Carlo Tresca (1879-1943) and Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (1890-1964), and their relatives and friends. Tresca, an Italian immigrant anarchist, was active in many radical causes, including the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.)and the anti-fascist movement in the United States. He was assassinated in 1943. Flynn, a key figure in early twentieth-century labor struggles, was an organizer and an orator and served as a leader in a number of labor and radical organizations, including the I.W.W. and the Communist Party of the United States. Flynn and Tresca met in 1912, and had a relationship that lasted for 15 years. Tresca also had a relationship with Flynn's youngest sister, "Bina" (Sabina). Bina Flynn and Tresca had a son, Peter Martin (who grew up to co-found the nationally-known center of beatnik culture, City Lights Bookstore in San Francisco). Bina Flynn later married Romolo Bobba. Bobba was one of the members of the Industrial Workers of the World imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, after the major I.W.W. trial of 1918 (in which most of the I.W.W. leadership, as well as a number of rank and file members, were convicted under the Espionage Act).

Sources:

Camp, Helen C. Iron in Her Soul: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn and the American Left(1995, Washington State University Press). Gallagher, Dorothy. All the Right Enemies: The Life and Murder of Carlo Tresca(1988, Rutgers University Press)

From the guide to the Roberta Bobba and Peter Martin Photographs, circa 1918-1959, (Tamiment Library / Wagner Archives)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Carlo Tresca "Autobiography" (typescript), undated Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Guide to the Elizabeth Gurley Flynn Photographs, 1895-1967 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
referencedIn Guide to the Peter Martin and Roberta Bobba Materials on Elizabeth Gurley Flynn, 1856-1964 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
creatorOf Guide to the Roberta Bobba and Peter Martin Photographs, circa 1918-1959 Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives
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associatedWith Bobba, Romolo person
associatedWith Brown, Slater, 1896-1997 person
associatedWith Crane, Hart, 1899-1932 person
associatedWith DeSilver, Marguerite person
associatedWith Flynn, Anna Katherine person
associatedWith Flynn, Elizabeth Gurley person
associatedWith Flynn, Thomas person
associatedWith Mooney, Thomas J., 1882-1942 person
associatedWith St. John, Vincent, 1876-1929 person
associatedWith Tate, Allen, 1899-1979 person
associatedWith Tresca, Carlo, 1879-1943 person
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Anarchists--United States--Portraits
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