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

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

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by Anthony V. Riccio
     
 

Drawing on interviews as well as family and archival photographs, The Italian American Experience in New Haven weaves a tapestry of social, political, and cultural history, offering a vital supplement to our understanding of the Italian immigrant experience in the United States. Members of New Haven's Italian American community evoke the rhythms of the streets and the… See more details below

Overview

Drawing on interviews as well as family and archival photographs, The Italian American Experience in New Haven weaves a tapestry of social, political, and cultural history, offering a vital supplement to our understanding of the Italian immigrant experience in the United States. Members of New Haven's Italian American community evoke the rhythms of the streets and the pulse of life in New Haven's old ethnic neighborhoods, describing how they mingled with other ethnic and racial groups in the shared spaces of neighborhoods, apartment houses, corner stores, churches, playing fields, and schools. They also touch upon the great events that shaped the twentieth century - the Spanish Flu pandemic, the Great Depression, and World War II - and reveal the unknown working history of Italian immigrant women who toiled under terrible working conditions in New Haven's shirt factories and who sacrificed dreams of education and careers for the immediate economic well-being of their families. Taken together, these interviews and photographs offer a social history of a vibrant immigrant community.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791467732
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/06/2006
Series:
SUNY series in Italian/American Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
472
Sales rank:
1,031,198
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.20(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Anthony V. Riccio is Stacks Manager at the Sterling Memorial Library at Yale University. He is the author of Portrait of an Italian-American Neighborhood: The North End of Boston.

Table of Contents

1Life in Italy1
2The journey to America : life on the ships10
3A new life in New Haven19
4Becoming American citizens35
5Going to school42
6The Spanish flu epidemic in New Haven52
7Justice denied : the execution of Sacco and Vanzetti61
8Letters to loved ones68
9Fables and proverbs81
10Farming life in New Haven89
11Working life experiences102
12New Haven's garment workers : life in the sweatshops125
13Workers organize : the labor movement in New Haven159
14Northerners and southerners183
15Going back to Italy196
16The Depression in New Haven202
17Witches, healers and herbs207
18Italian feasts218
19Italian societies226
20Sports stories237
21Artists and singers246
22Meat markets, pastry shops, bakeries and pizzerias258
23Holiday celebrations266
24Vanishing dialects279
25Life by the sea288
26New Haven's Italian Americans in World War II303
27The Franklin Street fire320
28Life in the Annex335
29Life in the Wooster Square neighborhood349
30Life in the Hill368
31Life in the Forbes Avenue neighborhood377
32Life in Fair Haven383
33Life in the Legion Avenue neighborhood392
34Highways and urban renewal : New Haven forever changed404

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