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Italian Immigrants

A highly appealing introduction to the topic, Italian Immigrants provides a brief history of Italian Americans, their contributions to American society, and highlights of their history. After discussing … (See Below for Full Description)
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A highly appealing introduction to the topic, Italian Immigrants provides a brief history of Italian Americans, their contributions to American society, and highlights of their history. After discussing the first Italian immigrants in colonial America, the book moves on to describe the first great wave of migration and the role of Italians during the American Revolution and the early republic. Through an engaging text and helpful photographs and illustrations, readers will learn how economic opportunities, family and church, and old community ties affected these Italian immigrants. This clear and nicely illustrated volume closes with an exploration of Italian Americans today, emphasizing the fight against the enduring stereotype of Italians and organized crime.

History covered includes:

  • Political unification in Italy
  • Major areas of settlement in the United States
  • Early prejudices against Italians due to their supposed links to organized crime, the Padrone System, their Roman Catholicism, and their peasant background
  • Continuing prejudices that led to quota laws
  • How Italians gained a new visibility and were kept from suspicion during World War II as notable Italian-American politicians and pop culture figures emerged
  • Growth of Italians' influence in politics, academia, business, and a continued presence in art and pop culture
  • An examination of reality, distortion, and the role of the media, including movies and shows such as The Godfather and The Sopranos.

Additional Info

ISBN-13 978-0-8160-5681-1
ISBN-10 816056811
eBook ISBN 978-1-4381-0359-4
Bundle Options Individual
Language English
Publisher Infobase Learning
From the Series Immigration to the United States
Author Michael Burgan
Publication Date 11/1/2004
Book's Binding Hardcover
Imprint Facts On File
Specifications 20-30 black-and-white photographs and illustrations. Approximately 2 maps. Index. Bibliography. Glossary. Timeline. Further reading. Box features.
Available Formats Print & eBook

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