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The Impact of World War II on the Political Behavior of the Italian-American Electorate in New York City

STEFANO LUCONI
New York History
Vol. 83, No. 4 (Fall 2002), pp. 404-417
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/42677818
Page Count: 14
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Abstract

New York City's Italian Americans had been a key component of the Democratic coalition since 1928. However, they switched to the Republican Party in the aftermath of both President Franklin D. Roosevelt's reprimand of Italy's entry into World War II in 1940 and the outbreak of a military conflict between the United States and their ancestral country in 1941. Dissatisfaction with Roosevelt's policy toward their native land after Italy and the United States signed an armistice in 1943 consolidated the Republican majority among Italian Americans in 1944. Stefano Luconi is on the faculty of Political Science and teaches the history of North America at the University of Florence, Italy.

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