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Bresci, Gaetano (11 November 1869–22 May 1901), silk weaver and regicide, was born in Coiano, Italy, the son of Gaspero Bresci, a peasant/artisan, and Maddalena Godi. At age eleven Bresci was apprenticed to learn the art of silk weaving; he later attended a Sunday school to acquire a specialized trade. While still a youth, Gaetano participated in an anarchist group. First arrested for disturbing the peace in 1892, he was subsequently confined to the penal island of Lampedusa for more than a year for his role in organizing a strike. Now identified as a “dangerous anarchist,” Bresci had difficulty securing employment....

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Minor, Robert (15 July 1884–26 November 1952), cartoonist and Communist party leader, was born in San Antonio, Texas, the son of Robert Minor and Routez Houston. Although both parents had distinguished forebears (his mother was related to Texas hero Sam Houston), Minor grew up in poverty. His father, an unsuccessful lawyer, did not achieve financial stability until his election as a district judge in 1910....