(1883-1945) Italian politician and journalist who founded and led the National Fascist Party. He was Prime Minister of Italy from the March on Rome in 1922 until his deposition in 1943, and "Duce" of Italian Fascism from the establishment of the Italian Fasces of Combat in 1919 until his execution in 1945 by Italian partisans.
Autograph manuscript, one page, 8,25 x 12 inch, [autumn 1924?], in Italian, notes on the constitutional charter in force when the Fascists took power in 1922, written in dark ink & partly in pencil, attractively mounted (removable) for fine display with a photograph, shows Benito Mussolini during a speech (altogether 18 x 13,25 inch), with mild signs of wear to the corners - in fine to very fine condition.
"Gia dal 1875 Crispi denunciava la crisi del parlamento [...] e chiedeva la riforma dello Statuto [...]. Minghetti replicava: Ammetto la riforma statutaria [...] Nel 1883 Agostino Bertani cosi si esprimeva: Il suffragio universale e legato indissolubilmente alla riforma dello Statuto [...] Bisogna rendere lo Statuto piu conforme alle esigenze dei tempi nuovi [...] Voi avete ad una ad una stracciate tutte le pagine dello Statuto. Avete fatto scempio de tutte le nostre liberta [...]"
"Already since 1875 Crispi denounced the crisis of the parliament [...] and asked for the reform of the Statute [...]. Minghetti replied: I admit the statutory reform [...] In 1883 Agostino Bertani put it this way: Universal suffrage is inextricably linked to the reform of the Statute [...] We need to make the Statute more compliant with the needs of the new times [... ] You have torn all the pages of the Statute one by one. You have ruined all our freedoms [...]"