Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Italian Shoe Machine Worker #7]
Interview with Roland Damiani
BY Merton R. Lovett
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“I do not think that all Italian Americans agree on Mussolini. Some approve of his policy. Others think he is too reckless and will drag Italy into war.
“I cannot answer for everyone. Personaly all my loyalty is for this country. My interest in Italy is secondary. If a war should break out in the old country tomorrow, I do not think a dozen men would leave Beverly to fight.
“The admiration you speak of is confined mostly to the older people. They are naturally pleased to see Italy active, respected and powerful. The Italians are proud of their race and of its ancient history. The history of Rome means much to them.
“The answer to that is easy. A great many Italians belong to the American Legion. They have fought for America once. They would fight for this country again if necessary.
“We have succeeded in geting most of the Italians here to take out naturalization papers. They have taken the oath to defend the United States.
“Of course you are right Mr. Lovett. The young fellows are just as loyal Americans as any. They are as interested as your boy in American institutions. My youngster here will never feel any great affection for Italy. I hope he will make a fine engineer or lawyer or doctor. I hope he will never have to fight.