Revolt

Archive of the 1916 New York anarchist periodical, which was published by Hippolyte Havel and ultimately suppressed by the U.S. government.

Revolt was an anarchist periodical edited by Hippolyte Havel, and published in New York, NY in 1916. A total of 8 issues were released. After the publication of the 7th issue, all 7 issues of Revolt were deemed "unmailable" by the U.S. Postal Office (According to Partisans of Freedom: A Study in American Anarchism by William O. Reichert, the entire 7th issue of Revolt was locked up by the U.S. government, forcing Havel to issue the final issue clandestinely), as was the final issue upon its release. The journal survived less than four months, publishing its first article on January 1st, 1916 and it's final issue on March 11th, 1916.

According to a small notice published near the end of Alexander Berkman's The Blast vol. 1 issue 24 in January 1917, Havel went on to edit The Social War, a publication which lasted less than a year.

The follow prospectus is from the first issue of Revolt:

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To succeed in our mission, we will not hesitate to proclaim our enmity to all the wrongs, shames, and hypocrisies in contemporary life. The Revolt will be the voice of the conscious rebels and it will not shrink from the duty of exposing all compromises and underhand dealings which disgrace the labor movement of this country. The Revolt will have no sympathy with ex-revolutionists, ex-idealists, commonsense men, sneaks, cowards, and businessmen, gents who use the “horny hand” for the purpose of climbing to a higher position in the capitalist society; those who are revolutionists in theory and reactionists in practice. The conscious workingman is tired of wise, practical, matter-of-fact climbers. The Revolt will not be tolerant. Our whole social, political, and artistic life is corrupted by the philosophy of tolerance—the philosophy of the mollusk. The Revolt will not work hand-in-hand with the dear, good, sympathizers, the meek golden-rule people, who say neither yea nor nay, men who preach harmony between capital and labor, those who never want to hurt the enemy. The Revolt will have little sympathy with the man of common sense. Common sense is a good quality for a horse dealer or a bond broker, but out of place in the revolutionary movement. It will not pave the way for the social upheaval. And first, last, and all the time, the Revolt will have nothing but a good dose of contempt for those sweet aesthetes who “see beauty everywhere."

Reprinted Notice of Censorship

Unknown single-page document included on a microfilm reel with Revolt. Dated April 8, 1916.

Presumably, a notice published by Revolt which contains reprints of two letters from the U.S. Post Office informing them, in the first, that issues 1-7 were unmailable "under section 211 of the Criminal Code as amended by the Act of March 4, 1911" and, in the second, that the 8th issue was unmailable under the same code.

A short statement from Revolt follows:

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Friends and Comrades:
All issues of REVOLT are suppressed by a secret order of the federal authorities.
We are not even allowed to send the REVOLT in closed envelopes - as first class mail matter.
We do not whine. The REVOLT is suppressed but not our spirit. We shall continue the fight in our own matter.
LOOK OUT FOR OUR NEW PUBLICATION ! !

-REVOLT Publishing Ass'n

This "new publication" was probably The Social War, which was similarly short-lived.

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Volume 1

The first volume of the Revolt journal.

Volume 1 Issue 1

Revolt Vol. I. No. 1 (January 1, 1916). New York, NY. Digitized from microfilm. Images on reel were made from a physically damaged copy.

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Volume 1 Issue 2

Revolt Vol. I. No. 2 (January 15, 1916). New York, NY. Digitized from microfilm. Images on reel were made from a physically damaged copy.

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Volume 1 Issue 3

Revolt Vol. I. No. 3 (January 22, 1916). New York, NY. Digitized from microfilm. Images on reel were made from a physically damaged copy.

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Volume 1 Issue 4

Revolt Vol. I. No. 4 (January 29, 1916). New York, NY. Digitized from microfilm. Images on reel were made from a physically damaged copy.

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Volume 1 Issue 5

Revolt Vol. I. No. 5 (February 5, 1916). New York, NY. Digitized from microfilm. Images on reel were made from a physically damaged copy.

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Volume 1 Issue 6

Revolt Vol. I. No. 6 (February 12, 1916). New York, NY. Digitized from microfilm. Images on reel were made from a physically damaged copy.

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Volume 1 Issue 7

Revolt Vol. I. No. 7 (February 19, 1916). New York, NY. Digitized from microfilm. Images on reel were made from a physically damaged copy.

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Volume 1 Issue 8

Revolt Vol. I. No. 8 (March 11, 1916). New York, NY. Digitized from microfilm. Images on reel were made from a physically damaged copy.

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