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Benito Mussolini comes to power...

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October 31, 1922

THE BETHLEHEM TIMES, Pennsylvania, October 31, 1922 

* Benito Mussolini comes to power 
* Fascist party 
* Rome, Italy

The front page has two column headlines on the front page that include: "MUSSOLINI, FASCISTI LEADER, BEGINS HIS ACTIVE WORK TODAY AS ITALIAN PREMIER" and more. 1st report coverage on Benito Mussolini becoming dictator of Italy.

Other news, sports and various advertisements of the day throughout. Light browning with a little margin wear, otherwise good.

source: wikipedia: The March on Rome was a coup d'état by which Mussolini's National Fascist Party came to power in Italy and ousted Prime Minister Luigi Facta. The "march" took place in 1922 between October 27 and October 29. On October 28, King Victor Emmanuel III refused his support to Facta and handed over power to Mussolini. Mussolini was supported by the military, the business class, and the liberal right-wing.

As Prime Minister, the first years of Mussolini's rule were characterized by a right-wing coalition government composed of Fascists, nationalists, liberals and even two Catholic ministers from the Popular Party. The Fascists made up a small minority in his original governments. Mussolini's domestic goal, however, was the eventual establishment of a totalitarian state with himself as supreme leader (Il Duce) a message that was articulated by the Fascist newspaper Il Popolo, which was now edited by Mussolini's brother, Arnaldo. To that end, Mussolini obtained dictatorial powers for one year. He favored the complete restoration of state authority, with the integration of the Fasci di Combattimento into the armed forces (the foundation in January 1923 of the Milizia Volontaria per la Sicurezza Nazionale) and the progressive identification of the party with the state. In political and social economy, he passed legislation that favored the wealthy industrial and agrarian classes (privatisations, liberalisations of rent laws and dismantlement of the unions).

Category: The 20th Century

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