A Basso con Mussolini e il Fascismo! New York: Communist Party [CPUSA], [n.d.].

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A Basso con Mussolini e il Fascismo! New York: Communist Party [CPUSA], [n.d.].

Description

This particular flyer or handbill was used to incite Italians workers to show their opposition to the "guerra imperialista," the Italian imperialist misadventure in Ethiopia, calling them to rallies in August 1935, in both Elmira and Ithaca in upstate New York, and instead to defend the Italian workers still living in Italy, suffering under the "turtura" ["tortura" or torture] of fascism. The handbill notes that mothers and families of young men are wondering why "their sons, fathers and brothers have been sent to fight a war for Italian bosses and bankers."

Printed on the bottom of the handbill is "Communist Party" with a hammer and sickle; though undated, there is handwritten at the bottom (perhaps by a dealer) "Elmira NY CP 1935." The flyer announces two public meetings for International Anti-War Day (August 1), one held at Eldridge Park in Elmira, NY; the other at Stuart Park in Ithaca.

It features a cartoon of Mussolini on the shoulders of a man representing the "Lavoratori Italiani" (Italian Workers) with his sword pointed in the direction of "Itiopia." This flyer is not located in OCLC.

That this mostly typewritten, rather than printed, handbill was prepared locally is suggested by the mistake (“A Basso” should be “Abasso”) that one was less likely to see in a nationally prepared flyer like others in the collection.

Publisher

CPUSA

Date

[n.d.]

Format

28cm x 21.5cm; 1 p.

Citation

“A Basso con Mussolini e il Fascismo! New York: Communist Party [CPUSA], [n.d.].,” Italian-Language American Imprints: The Periconi Collection, accessed September 26, 2022, https://italianamericanimprints.omeka.net/items/show/538.

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