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Imagine what would be, if history had occurred a bit differently. Who says it didn't, somewhere? These fictional news items explore that possibility. Written by Alternate Historian
Editor says, what if Mussolini had emigrated to New York City? muses Ed. & Tony Rocca. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
In 1902,on this day the steamship carrying nineteen year old Benito Mussolini docked at Ellis Island in Upper New York Bay.
Rise of Il DuceBorn in Dovia di Predappio, a small town in the province of Forli in Emilia-Romagna, he had emigrated from his native Italy in order to seek work and also to avoid military service. However he was unable to find a permanent job in New York and drifted into the criminal underclass of Little Italy.
Over many years he established a reputation for a unique boldness that eventually brought him to the attention of organized crime bosses. And by the 1930s, he had become the minor figure known as "Il Duce" - his rise restricted only by his non-Sicilian roots.
Editor says, in reality he emigrated to Switzerland and once in power he actually tried to destroy the Mafia. Please also note that in preparing this post we have re-purposed content from Wikipedia. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.