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Posted November 22, 2009
Secret Landscape Revealed in Compelling Photos
There is a secret landscape in America unknown to most of us. Clues abound from the sublime sculptures adorning our public buildings to the humble neighborhood restaurant. Vincenza Scarpaci, a historian from Eugene Oregon, guides us through this territory by assembling from east to west an extraordinary collection of family photographs from all over the country.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Opening up the pages of The Journey of Italian Immigrants in America, you can see for yourself how the compelling and often touching family photographs reveal the story of America shaping Italian immigrants and ultimately of Italians influencing America. Vincenza interprets the photos with the keen mind of a scholar and the passionate heart of an Italian American.
The effect is dazzling. Vincenza has created a new form of history told the way history really happens which is family by family. She has reclaimed the story of Italians in America for each and every one of us but especially for those of us who are the descendants of these savvy, resourceful, self-sacrificing, skilled, misunderstood, hardworking, family and food loving people.
This book should be given as a gift to the next generation of Italian Americans so they know and to the older generation so they can retell their stories with pride.
Posted January 20, 2009
Not just another book!
Beautifully written. Vincenza Scarpaci has captured the very essence of what immigration was about and how the Italians assimilated themselves into their individual communities and moved forward into the future. This is a treasure trove of memories and photos of a time past and yet still lived in many ways. Even if you¿re not of Italian descent, you can¿t help but be pulled back in time with these stories and live them again. A big salute to Vincenza and the Italian American communities.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 12, 2010
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