- Rudolph J. Vecoli
Galleani, Luigi (12 August 1861–04 November 1931), anarchist, was born in Vercelli, Piedmont, Italy, the son of Clemente Galleani, an elementary school teacher, and Olimpia Borini. Raised in a bourgeois family, he studied in the faculty of law at the University of Turin. He did not receive a degree since he soon became involved in the social ferment that was sweeping Italy. Although his father was a religious monarchist, Galleani quickly moved from republicanism to democratic socialism to anarchist communism. During the 1880s he wrote for several labor papers, organized workers’ circles, and gave numerous speeches. His police dossier commented that he had given himself “body and soul to the revolutionary movement.”...