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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, Mary Ann McDonald Carolan, Philip Langdon
 

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ISBN-10: 0791467732

ISBN-13: 9780791467732

Pub. Date: 07/06/2006

Publisher: State University of New York Press

A compelling social history of a vibrant immigrant community, told through interviews and photographs.

Using interviews and photographs, Anthony Riccio provides a vital supplement to our understanding of the Italian immigrant experience in the United States. In conversations around kitchen tables and in social clubs, members of New Haven’s Italian

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A compelling social history of a vibrant immigrant community, told through interviews and photographs.

Using interviews and photographs, Anthony Riccio provides a vital supplement to our understanding of the Italian immigrant experience in the United States. In conversations around kitchen tables and in social clubs, members of New Haven’s Italian American community evoke the rhythms of the streets and the pulse of life in the old ethnic neighborhoods. They describe the events that shaped the twentieth century—the Spanish Flu pandemic, the Great Depression, and World War II—along with the private histories of immigrant women who toiled under terrible working conditions in New Haven’s shirt factories, who sacrificed dreams of education and careers for the economic well-being of their families. This is a compelling social, cultural, and political history of a vibrant immigrant community.

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:
1,356,027
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword by Mary Ann McDonald
Acknowledgments
Preface

1. Life in Italy

2. The Journey to America: Life on the Ships

3. A New Life in New Haven

4. Becoming American Citizens

5. Going to School in New Haven

6. The Spanish Flu Pandemic Strikes New Haven

7. Justice Denied: The Execution of Sacco and Vanzetti

8. Letters to Loved Ones

9. Fables and Proverbs

10. Farming Life in New Haven

11. Working Life Experiences

12. New Haven’s Garment Workers: Life in the Sweatshops

13. Workers Organize: The Labor Movement in New Haven

14. Northerners and Southerners

15. Going Back to Italy

16. The Depression in New Haven

17. Witches, Healers and Herbs

18. Italian Feasts

19. Italian Societies

20. Sports Stories

21. Artists and Singers

22. Meat Markets, Pastry Shops, Bakeries and Pizzerias

23. Holiday Celebrations

24. Vanishing Dialects

25. Life by the Sea

26. New Haven’s Italian Americans in World War II

27. The Franklin Street Fire

28. Life in the Annex

29. Life in the Wooster Square Neighborhood

30. Life in the Hill

31. Life in the Forbes Avenue Neighborhood

32. Life in Fair Haven

33. Life in the Legion Avenue Neighborhood

34. Highways and Urban Renewal: New Haven Forever Changed

Notes
Bibliography

Afterword by Philip Langdon

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The Italian American Experience in New Haven: Images and Oral Histories 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.