The Immigrant World of Ybor City: Italians and Their Latin Neighbors in Tampa, 1885-1985

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"A compelling attempt to assess the relationships over the last century among class, culture, and community in the forging of the Italian experience in Ybor City. . . . The wide range of private and public documents, . . . the extensive use of oral testimonies, and a good mastering of anthropological and sociological tools place the book within the best vein of the new social history."--Reviews in American History

"An impressive book that has a great deal to offer those interested in the complex relationships of class and culture in the formation of communities. . . . A tour de force."--Hispanic American Historical Review

This reprint of Gary Mormino and George Pozzetta's classic, The Immigrant World of Ybor City, makes available once again the wonderful story of the vibrant community of Italians, Spaniards, and Cubans that grew up around the cigar industry in Tampa, Florida, at the dawn of the 20th century.

Focusing on the Italian experience in this multi-ethnic city, Mormino and Pozzetta explore interactions among immigrant groups--as rivals, and as friends with common concerns. As they demonstrate, the extent to which immigrant groups cooperated in Ybor City was remarkable, in large part the effect of immigrant workers' strong sense of class consciousness and solidarity.

Interweaving the themes of class, culture, and community, Mormino and Pozzetta recreate a world of cigar factories and their lectores, men who read aloud from novels, radical publications, and newspapers while the tabaqueros worked, rolling and cutting cigars. It is also a world of trolley cars, bolita peddlers, and mutual aid societies, a world where people read daily from a trilingual newspaper, La Gaceta, and spent their free time at clubhouses like El Centro EspaƱol or cantinos like L'Unione Italiana. And it is a world of turbulent strikes and chronic conflict between the "Latins" and Tampa's native "Anglos."

Drawing on newspaper articles, public and government documents, institutional and private papers, Federal Writers' Project interviews, and the authors' own interviews with hundreds of Ybor  City residents, The Immigrant World of Ybor City reveals a fascinating portrait of one of America's most celebrated ethnic communities.

Gary R. Mormino, Duckwall Professor of History at the University of South Florida in Tampa, is the author of Immigrants on the Hill: Italian-Americans in St. Louis, 1882-1982.

George E. Pozzetta, who died in 1994, was professor of history at the University of Florida in Gainesville and the editor of Pane e Lavoro: The Italian American Working Class and, with David Colburn, America and the New Ethnicity.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813016306
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Series: Florida Sand Dollar Book Series
  • Edition description: First
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface to the 1998 Edition
Acknowledgments
Introduction 3
1 "We Live in Order Not to Die": The Origins of Tampa's Italian Community 16
2 Tampa's Evolution as an Urban Center 43
3 Ybor City and the Beginning of a Latin Community, 1886-1900 63
4 Italians and the Culture of Labor in a Latin Community 97
5 Italians and the Radical Culture: From Contadini to Companeros 143
6 The Cradle of Mutual Aid: Italians and Their Latin Neighbors 175
7 The Religious Encounter 210
8 Social Relations in a Latin Community 233
9 Economic Adjustments 260
10 World War II and Beyond 297
Conclusion: Class, Culture, and Community 317
Bibliography 325
Index 357
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2002

    great!

    Gary Mormino has written a wonderful book. This is a man from whom we can learn alot in terms of history. I strongly recommend this book. Mormino is an accomplished historian and a first class writer.

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