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The Italian American Experience in New Haven: Images and Oral Histories

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2008

    A Slice of Italian Culture in New Haven

    An very interesting 'slice' of the Italian American Community in New Haven, from some individuals & families' points of view. Many families were not included that were influential, but it was written by people who discussed some of their memories. It might have been nice if some of the names were proofed. 'ie' Mayor Celentano, the name was not spelled correctly in some areas of the book. As someone who lived there as a young child, I have some additional recollections, clarifications & observations that were not found in the book, but I understand that it could not be written from all points of view. It was none the less enjoyable & informative.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    Brilliantly written

    The Italian American Experience In New Haven: Images And Oral Histories by Anthony Riccio (Stacks Manager at the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University) draws upon personal interviews as well as family and archival photographs to present a richly complex and fully realized history of the life and experiences of Italian immigrants who settled in New Haven, Connecticut in the 19th and 20th centuries. Not only is the daily pulse of life in the Italian-American community revealed in the life stories of ordinary men and women, the reader will discover how this immigrant community was affected by such landmark events as the Spanish Flu pandemic, the Great Depression, and World War II. Also revealed are the hardships of Italian immigrant women who labored under terrible (and often hazardous) conditions in New Haven's shirt factories. The integrations of historic photographs with the reported interviews transform The Italian American Experience In New Haven from just another ethnic American history into a compelling social history showcasing a vibrant, vigorous, colorful community. The result is a brilliantly written and highly recommended work that is as entertaining as it is informative.

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