The Histories


Perhaps the most familiar portrayal of an enemy alien, at least for most Americans, would be the Japanese. While the reason for this standard is clear, stemming from the perceptibility of a threat as witnessed in the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese and the ongoing debates surrounding the soundness of President Roosevelt's decision to intern all Japanese Americans, Japan was not the only country at war with the United States during World War Two. Oftentimes, Italy’s role in the Second World War is overshadowed by that of both Japan and Germany. This essay hopes to shed light upon the Italian American experience, in examining the degree to which Italians living in America were discriminated against in the United States while at the same time taking into consideration the influence of both the Italian and American psyches as it relates to the nascent state of Fascism.