Gaetano Bresci was born in 1869 in Tuscany where he began his working life at a young age, becoming a silk weaver. Tuscany in the early 1880s was a stronghold for the political theory of anarchism, and many workers in the region organized into small groups which demonstrated against the organized government. Bresci was one such worker, and was imprisoned for a time for taking part in a demonstration which grew unruly. Upon his release he emigrated to the United States, finding work and a wife in Hoboken, New Jersey. Shortly after his marriage in 1897 he moved to Paterson, NJ, where a large Italian community thrived, and worked as a weaver in the city’s mills.