Popular Italian Americans Books
The Italian in America: The Progressive View, 1891-1914
So when Jane Ciabattari asked me for a short list of great immigrant novels, I needed to think smaller. I kept my choices close to home, as the son of an immigrant out of Southern Italy. This earlier beauty includes a few Mafia figures, part of the landscape for an extended immigrant family in lower Manhattan, in the decade or so before World War Two. Even a detail like how she prepares coffee can prove Lucia a heroine. In the preface to a reissue, Puzo says he modeled the ruthless Don Corleone after his mother, Maria, who inspired Lucia Santa. At which moments do you think she most resembles Don Corleone?
At a time when immigration reform is again challenging this immigrant nation, this time involving the Hispanics, it is useful to be reminded of another group that, like the Hispanics, first met with a less-than-warm welcome but eventually earned a seat and voice at the American table: the Italian-Americans. Explorers Emigrants Citizens: A Visual History of the Italian American Experience provides that reminder, with a rich assemblage of archival photos, maps, posters, and letters culled from the vast holdings of The Library of Congress, along with text that sets the settings of various chapters of the Italian-American story. A multi-author work, the lead authors are Linda Barrett Osborne, a former senior writer and editor at the Library and a fourth-generation Italian-American, and Paolo Battaglia. Like the excellent mini-series Latinos broadcast earlier this year on PBS, Explorers Emigrants Citizens steps way back to tell the Italian-American saga from first contact with the Americas, with Christopher Columbus being only one of many explorers. These explorers forged their way for imperial and commercial gain but also out of the questing spirit of the Renaissance. Beautiful archival maps accompanying the text give a sense of the unknown reaches the explorers faced and had to fill in. The book then focuses on the huge waves of immigration in the late 19th and early 20th century, when Italian laborers came to these shores to do the arduous work of building this country's cities, roads, bridges, churches.
Trovare l'America” (Finding America) is a photo book that chronicles the lives of Italian immigrants to the U.S.: images collected and.
all the love harry styles
National Endowment for the Humanities
You get over it. You carry it with you. It is an introspective and angst-filled admission, somewhat unusual for Italian Americans, who tend to vacillate between voluble romanticism and hardheaded pragmatism. It is a stylish, engaging, and thoughtful documentary of nearly years of history, chronicling the migration of a largely southern Italian population to America, beginning in the late s and following its winding path toward the American mainstream. Giannini to Chef Boyardee. It plumbs the complexities of immigrant assimilation and American ethnic identity in relatively sophisticated ways.