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Oh Capitano!Celso Cesare Moreno - Adventurer, Cheater, and Scoundrel on Four Continents$
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Rudolph J. Vecoli, Francesco Durante, and Donna R. Gabaccia

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780823279869

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823279869.001.0001

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Electoral Intermezzo

Electoral Intermezzo

(p.110) Chapter 7 Electoral Intermezzo
Oh Capitano!

Rudolph J. Vecoli

Francesco Durante

, Donna R. Gabaccia, Elizabeth O. Venditto
Fordham University Press

This chapter examines Celso Cesare Moreno's involvement in Italian electoral politics, focusing on his failed bid to win a seat in Parliament. It first considers the role played by journalist and writer Giovanni Faldella in jumpstarting Moreno's political career before discussing how Moreno attempted to impose himself on the political scene of the “New Italy.” It then analyzes Moreno's defeat during the election of October 29, 1882 and his decision to launch his own newspaper thereafter, the O Ficcanaso: Giornale locale da cianze e da rie, to publicize his political platform in preparation for the supplementary election to be held on January 7, 1883. Despite his efforts to bolster himself with propaganda using O Ficcanaso, Moreno lost once again in the 1883 election. As a member of Parliament, Moreno's primary agenda would have been to rescue Italy from the alliance with the British “shopkeepers”.

Keywords:   election, Celso Cesare Moreno, electoral politics, Parliament, Giovanni Faldella, New Italy, O Ficcanaso, political platform, newspaper, Italy

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