Milwaukee's Italian Heritage: Mediterranean Roots Midwestern Soil

Milwaukee's Italian Heritage: Mediterranean Roots Midwestern Soil

by Anthony Zignego
     
 

The shores of Lake Michigan might seem a far cry from the coastline of the Mediterranean. Nevertheless, enough Italians responded to the call-and returned home to repeat it confidently to brothers, brides and strangers-to create a thriving community in Milwaukee. Historians often emphasize Milwaukee's German heritage, content to relegate the story of Italian

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The shores of Lake Michigan might seem a far cry from the coastline of the Mediterranean. Nevertheless, enough Italians responded to the call-and returned home to repeat it confidently to brothers, brides and strangers-to create a thriving community in Milwaukee. Historians often emphasize Milwaukee's German heritage, content to relegate the story of Italian migration to New York or Chicago, but Anthony M. Zignego passionately explores the ways in which Italians shaped the Brew City and in turn were shaped by it. From the Gardetto family to the enterprising women of the Third Ward and Festa Italiana, Zignego presents a portrait of the immigrant experience with personal stories and interviews with "ordinary" immigrants and Milwaukeeans, explaining the community's traditions and dispelling some of its myths. Milwaukee's Italian Heritage highlights the struggles and triumphs that have always made immigration an opening clause and concluding question in the American story.

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ISBN-13:
9781596298361
Publisher:
History Press, The
Publication date:
10/28/2009
Pages:
156
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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