First Amendment

The US Press' Infatuation with Mussolini: Mauro Canali's Talk at Casa Italiana NYU

Legendary Italian historian Mauro Canali presents his newest book and takes us through the love story between the American press and Fascist Dictator Mussolini.

When Benito Mussolini rose to power, American journalists “had very little reference” with which to analyze his initial policies. They were hence limited, by communist fear at home and lack of frame of reference abroad, to what they saw and experienced. What they saw, especially throughout the years that saw Mussolini transition from prime minister to dictator, was a country that, in the face of communism, adopted an alternative, more America-friendly political system that seemed to effectively address many of the issues that had caused such disorder years prior.

di Angelo Pennati

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