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The Journey of the Italians in America
     

The Journey of the Italians in America

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by Vincenza Scarpaci
 

A photographic history of Italian-American life. The Italian imprint on North America that began centuries ago with the voyages of Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, and Giovanni da Verrazzano continues in every aspect of American life today. This book celebrates the contributions Italians made in the areas of agriculture, cuisine, industry, religion, sports,

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A photographic history of Italian-American life. The Italian imprint on North America that began centuries ago with the voyages of Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, and Giovanni da Verrazzano continues in every aspect of American life today. This book celebrates the contributions Italians made in the areas of agriculture, cuisine, industry, religion, sports, architecture, the arts, and politics, and how they preserved their culture while establishing their presence in America. Beginning with the first major wave of immigration in the 1870s, this book portrays Italian-American hardships and successes, along with the lifestyles, organizations, and businesses they created in communities throughout the country. Four hundred photographs from public and private collections portray this colorful ethnic group in settings from the crowded streets of Naples to crowded ships bound for America, to Californian farmers and family celebrations in New York.

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Primarily a photographic record accompanied by extensive captions and short chapter introductions, this fascinating historical account by Scarpaci (coauthor, Little Italies in North America) is divided into nine chapters, from embarkation and arrival to assimilation and ethnic resurgence. The book does not dodge contentious issues, like organized crime and the lionization of Columbus. Its many rare illustrations, including period photos, sheet music, advertisements, and document facsimiles, tell individual stories of survival, persistence, ingenuity, and community with more immediacy than any essay. Multi-paragraph captions are highly informative, even poignant, often including individual stories and direct quotations. Highly recommended for Italian and American history collections.


—Savannah Schroll Guz

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781589802452
Publisher:
Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/22/2008
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
11.24(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Brooklyn native Vincenza Scarpaci is a writer and teacher. She graduated from Hofstra University in New York in 1961 with a bachelor of arts degree in history and went on to obtain her Ph.D. in history from Rutgers University in 1972. She has worked as a consultant, grant writer, and volunteer coordinator in addition to her considerable teaching experience at the university level. Her work has been published in journals and encyclopedias across the globe. She resides in Eugene, Oregon.

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The Journey of the Italians in America 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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MRuiz More than 1 year ago
There is a secret landscape in America unknown to most of us. Clues abound from the sublime sculptures adorning our public buildings to the humble neighborhood restaurant. Vincenza Scarpaci, a historian from Eugene Oregon, guides us through this territory by assembling from east to west an extraordinary collection of family photographs from all over the country. Opening up the pages of The Journey of Italian Immigrants in America, you can see for yourself how the compelling and often touching family photographs reveal the story of America shaping Italian immigrants and ultimately of Italians influencing America. Vincenza interprets the photos with the keen mind of a scholar and the passionate heart of an Italian American. The effect is dazzling. Vincenza has created a new form of history told the way history really happens which is family by family. She has reclaimed the story of Italians in America for each and every one of us but especially for those of us who are the descendants of these savvy, resourceful, self-sacrificing, skilled, misunderstood, hardworking, family and food loving people. This book should be given as a gift to the next generation of Italian Americans so they know and to the older generation so they can retell their stories with pride.
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Sicilian More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written. Vincenza Scarpaci has captured the very essence of what immigration was about and how the Italians assimilated themselves into their individual communities and moved forward into the future. This is a treasure trove of memories and photos of a time past and yet still lived in many ways. Even if you¿re not of Italian descent, you can¿t help but be pulled back in time with these stories and live them again. A big salute to Vincenza and the Italian American communities.