Italian Staten Island, New York (Images of America Series)

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The great wave of European immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries brought more than four million Italians to America. It was one of the greatest mass emigrations in world history, and many settled in Staten Island. Following the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 1964, the island experienced another great influx of Italian immigrants, this time from the other boroughs of New York City. This new wave was responsible for doubling the island population by the year 2000. Italian Americans are ...

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Overview

The great wave of European immigration in the late 19th and early 20th centuries brought more than four million Italians to America. It was one of the greatest mass emigrations in world history, and many settled in Staten Island. Following the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in 1964, the island experienced another great influx of Italian immigrants, this time from the other boroughs of New York City. This new wave was responsible for doubling the island population by the year 2000. Italian Americans are evident in every avocation and in each corner of Staten Island society, with achievers in education, business, government, medicine, and sports and entertainment. Italian Staten Island chronicles the traditions, culture, and heritage of Italian Americans through more than 200 photographs.

The Images of America series celebrates the history of neighborhoods, towns, and cities across the country. Using archival photographs, each title presents the distinctive stories from the past that shape the character of the community today. Arcadia is proud to play a part in the preservation of local heritage, making history available to all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738572277
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 3/15/2010
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,395,793
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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Andrew Paul Mele was born and raised in Brooklyn and arrived in Staten Island shortly after the opening of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. He is the author of two books of baseball history in Brooklyn, as well as several short stories. His articles appear in the Staten Island Advance and the Italian Tribune. The introduction was provided by James P. Molinaro, Staten Island borough president.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 Italians Meet Staten Island 9

2 Immigration and Settlement 19

3 War and Peace 41

4 Those Sometimes Fabulous 1950s 55

5 The New Wave 71

6 From the 1990s into the New Millennium 91

7 Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow 115

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