The Boston Italians: A Story of Pride, Perseverance, and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day

The Boston Italians: A Story of Pride, Perseverance, and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day

by Stephen Puleo
The Boston Italians: A Story of Pride, Perseverance, and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day

The Boston Italians: A Story of Pride, Perseverance, and Paesani, from the Years of the Great Immigration to the Present Day

by Stephen Puleo

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Overview

In this lively and engaging history, Stephen Puleo tells the story of the Boston Italians from their earliest years, when a largely illiterate and impoverished people in a strange land recreated the bonds of village and region in the cramped quarters of the North End. Focusing on this first and crucial Italian enclave in Boston, Puleo describes the experience of Italian immigrants as they battled poverty, illiteracy, and prejudice; explains their transformation into Italian Americans during the Depression and World War II; and chronicles their rich history in Boston up to the present day.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807050378
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 05/01/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 389,132
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Stephen Puleo is author of the Boston Globe best seller The Boston Italians and the critically acclaimed Dark Tide: The Great Boston Molasses Flood of 1919. A former award-winning newspaper reporter and contributor to American History magazine, he holds a master's degree in history and wrote his thesis on Italian immigration and the settlement of Boston's North End. He donates a portion of his book proceeds to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the leading charitable funder and advocate of juvenile (Type 1) diabetes research. He and his wife, Kate, live in Weymouth, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Introduction     ix
George Scigliano, James Donnaruma, and the Battle for North Square     1
Why They Came     41
Arrival, Settlement, Discrimination     63
War, Anarchists, Assimilation     99
Becoming Americans: The Great Depression and World War II     163
The Greater Boston Italians     223
Boston Italians as Leaders: Emergence and Accomplishment     247
Epilogue: Today     281
Acknowledgments     287
Bibliographic Essay     291
Index     311

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