In Defense of Garibaldi
In this chapter, DiMaria calls to account some of the most debatable accusations against Garibaldi, who in 1860 invaded the South, fought the Bourbon army, and paved the way for the unification of Italy. DiMaria marshals the evidence to disprove once and for all recent allegations that Garibaldi was a false hero, a thief, and a war criminal. He concedes that the Hero of the Two Worlds may not have been a military genius or a savvy politician, but leaves no doubt that the general was a true hero, a hero of the people. The Garibaldian myth lives on, Di Maria believes, mostly because of the ideals of freedom and human dignity that he awakened in the masses both in Italy and in other parts of the Western world.