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The Machine Has a Soul: American Sympathy with Italian Fascism

Katy Hull


In the interwar years, the United States grappled with economic volatility, and Americans expressed anxieties about a decline in moral values, the erosion of families and communities, and the decay of democracy. These issues prompted a profound ambivalence toward modernity, leading some individuals to turn to Italian fascism as a possible solution for the problems facing the country. This book delves into why Americans of all stripes sympathized with Italian fascism, and shows that fascism's appeal rested in the image of Mussolini's regime as “the machine which will run and has a soul” — a see ... More

Keywords: Italian fascism, interwar years, tradition, religion, family, Richard Washburn Child, Anne O'Hare McCormick, Generoso Pope, Herbert Wallace Schneider, modernity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780691208107
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691208107.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katy Hull, author
University of Amsterdam