The Journey of the Italians in America

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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.
ISBN: 9781589802452
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pelican Publishing
Images: 499
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 8.5 (w) x 11 (h)
Vincenza Scarpaci was born in Brooklyn, New York. The daughter of a Sicilian immigrant, Scarpaci grew up in an Italian-speaking household. After graduating from Hofstra University with a degree in history, Scarpaci received her Ph.D. in U.S. history from Rutgers University with a specialty in immigration history. A recipient of the prestigious Ameritan Award from the Maryland Order of the Sons of Italy for her philanthropic efforts, Scarpaci is also an accomplished educator and lecturer. She began teaching at the university level in 1966 and has since taught numerous courses on American and immigration history at such institutions as the University of Oregon, Seton Hall University, and Towson State University in Baltimore, Maryland. For more than three decades, Scarpaci has been contributing articles, essays, and academic papers to various Italian and American magazines, scholarly journals, and encyclopedias. A dynamic volunteer and civic leader, she has a long history of working with, establishing, and supporting local volunteer corps, museums, theaters, and environmental action groups across the United States. Scarpaci works as a writer and teacher. She resides in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband, Peter.
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