Charities; The Official Organ of the Charity Organization Society of the City of New York Volume 12

Charities; The Official Organ of the Charity Organization Society of the City of New York Volume 12

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1904 edition. Excerpt: ... of emigration has been to increase wages all over Italy from onethird to one-half." "Isn't that a whole list of blessings you owe to emigration?" I dared interrupt. "Yes, but that's only one side of the picture, and the only side that seems to be known here. What you overlook is that the character of the emigration has changed in recent years. It is not hard conditions or starvation that now sends Italians to America; they come because tney are eager for more money. A mason earning four lire a day in southern Italy, can live there comfortably, but he has heard that he can earn six a day in America. So he emigrates, and in such numbers that in certain parts of Sicily, Basil icata and Calabria, it amounts to a general exodus. This large emigration has been irregular or uneven in its distribution, that is, it has not been a few men from a number of villages, but all the able-bodied men of one village, for instance, have gone. In some places the village priest and the doctor, having lost their flock, have followed them to America. Certain municipalities have had to be consolidated and the parish church abandoned. You can see some decided dieadvantages for Italy in this situation. First, it works harm to the land-owners because despite the increase of wages they can't get laborers. Laborers have actually to be imported from Messina to Termini-Imerese during the olive-picking season. Many wheat farms have to-day become mere pasture lands from lack of hands to cultivate them. Sicily, called from ancient times 'the granary of Italy, ' to-day does not produce sufficient wheat for its own consumption and has to import some." "But above all this exceswhoTuav, 'Italy. emigration is working; a harm to the nation at large...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 33mm | 1,120g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236896173
  • 9781236896179