San Diego's Little Italy

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Italian immigrants settled along San Diego's waterfront in the early 1900s and formed the "Italian Colony," a tightly knit community that provided refuge, shared culture, and heritage. Extended families, new businesses, and church traditions formed the foundation for a lasting social code. It was no coincidence that the area would become known as "Little Italy"—it was exactly that for its inhabitants—a home away from their native land. But by the mid-1960s, changes brought bywar and urban modernization began to unravel the community. Take a compelling journey through this unique immigrant enclave. Vivid images and descriptive captions highlight essential elements of this community, such as labor and longing, fishing and family, ritual and revitalization. Through photographs contributed by local community members, this volume traces the evolution of a humble fishing village into the chic urban neighborhood that is Little Italy today.
ISBN: 9780738547800
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Kimber M. Quinney is adjunct faculty in the Department of History at California State University, San Marcos. Thomas J. Cesarini is the founder and executive director of Convivio, a nonprofit organization for Italian humanities. Their aim is to relive—and revive—the history of San Diego's Little Italy. Book royalties will benefit Convivio and its affiliate, the Italian Historical Society of San Diego.
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