Italian Immigrants,1880-1920


Discusses the reasons Italian people left their homeland to come to America, the experiences immigrants had in the new country, and the contributions this cultural group made to American society. Includes activities.

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Discusses the reasons Italian people left their homeland to come to America, the experiences immigrants had in the new country, and the contributions this cultural group made to American society. Includes activities.

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Over 4 million Italian immigrants came to the United States in the 100-year time frame between 1820 and 1920. Why they came, how they came and what they did once they reached their destination is the focus of this book. Compelling black-and-white photos adorn many of the pages in each of the book's six chapters. Overall, the content and format work well together to provide an overview of the early Italian immigrants, their journey to America and the family life they established once in this country, including how they supported themselves. However, at times, the author uses sweeping generalizations that may mislead readers. For example, on page 19, she says, "Many people believed that all Italians would steal from, cheat, or even kill those outside their Little Italy neighborhoods." The author also states on page 12, "Most northern Italians owned businesses or had jobs that paid enough for them to live comfortably [in the late 1800s and early 1900s]." This doesn't account for the many, many poor northern Italian immigrants who left farms and small mountain towns to make a better life. Included at the back of the book are charts of famous Italian Americans, an immigration timeline, a glossary and sources for readers who want to learn more. This title is one in the publisher's "Coming to America" series. 2002, Blue Earth Books/Capstone Press, $22.60. Ages 8 to 12. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati AGES: 8 9 10 11 12
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736807968
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2001
  • Series: Coming to America Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 934,592
  • Age range: 8 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.58 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 0.20 (d)

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