The Italian American Family Album

The Italian American Family Album

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An Italian immigrant says, "I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold. When I got here, I found out three things: first, the streets weren't paved with gold; second, they weren't paved at all; and third, I was expected to pave them." Against all odds - a new language, new customs, and the ethnic slurs and catcalls of prejudice - Italian Americans paved the streets, rolled the cigars, sewed the clothes, cooked the meals, and did all manner of backbreaking work to build a new life in Lamerica, the land of success. The Italian American Family Album brings us into the heart of those immigrants' experiences. Through diaries, letters, interviews, and articles from magazines and newspapers, we share the ordeals and the triumphs of the Italian American first setting foot on his new homeland. These personal accounts and family photographs of scores of Italian American families tell inspiring and courageous stories of hardship and suffering. In the late 19th and early 20th century, the journey across the Atlantic was remembered by many as the via dolorosa, the "sorrowful way." And even after arriving in the new homeland and successfully getting through immigration, finding a job and a place to live and learning new ways of doing almost everything were a challenge. But there was joy in the new country, as well. The new arrivals were embraced by a community of fellow Italians with a grand sense of humor, an intense appreciation of music, and an even greater appreciation of good food. Life for the newcomer was full of old traditions and pleasure, and we hear firsthand how the old ways endured even as new philosophies and customs were embraced daily. Through the stories ofthe children of those early immigrants - writers Gay Talese and John Ciardi, entertainers like Tony Bennett, baseball great Yogi Berra, and others not famous but still proud to call themselves Italian Americans - we see how family pride and strong ties to the old country survive evshow more

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  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 127 pages
  • 218 x 282 x 20mm | 748.42g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • illustrations, map
  • 0195091248
  • 9780195091243

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-Carefully researched.... It has an enticing open format and is lavishly illustrated with interesting photographs.---School Library Journal-This is one book every Italian American family should own. The narratives, interviews, and photographs of the Italian experience in both Italy and America define not only who we were but what we should never forget.---Unione (Italian Sons and Daughters of America)-This easy-to-understand overview of the immigrant experience of Italian Americans and some of their unique contributions to the United States includes anecdotes, oral history segments, and fascianting photographs.---Commonweal-An engaging, easy-to-read compilation of tales from Italians who emigrated to America or from the relatives of those immigrants, and accompanying narrative.---The South Philadelphia Review "Carefully researched.... It has an enticing open format and is lavishly illustrated with interesting photographs."--School Library Journal"This is one book every Italian American family should own. The narratives, interviews, and photographs of the Italian experience in both Italy and America define not only who we were but what we should never forget."--Unione (Italian Sons and Daughters of America)"This easy-to-understand overview of the immigrant experience of Italian Americans and some of their unique contributions to the United States includes anecdotes, oral history segments, and fascianting photographs."--Commonweal"An engaging, easy-to-read compilation of tales from Italians who emigrated to America or from the relatives of those immigrants, and accompanying narrative."--The South Philadelphia Review "Carefully researched.... It has an enticing open format and is lavishly illustrated with interesting photographs."--School Library Journal"This is one book every Italian American family should own. The narratives, interviews, and photographs of the Italian experience in both Italy and America define not only who we were but what we should never forget."--Unione (Italian Sons and Daughters of America)"This easy-to-understand overview of the immigrant experience of Italian Americans and some of their unique contributions to the United States includes anecdotes, oral history segments, and fascianting photographs."--Commonweal"An engaging, easy-to-read compilation of tales from Italians who emigrated to America or from the relatives of those immigrants, and accompanying narrative."--The South Philadelphia Review "Carefully researched.... It has an enticing open format and is lavishly illustrated with interesting photographs."--School Library Journal "This is one book every Italian American family should own. The narratives, interviews, and photographs of the Italian experience in both Italy and America define not only who we were but what we should never forget."--Unione (Italian Sons and Daughters of America) "This easy-to-understand overview of the immigrant experience of Italian Americans and some of their unique contributions to the United States includes anecdotes, oral history segments, and fascianting photographs."--Commonweal "An engaging, easy-to-read compilation of tales from Italians who emigrated to America or from the relatives of those immigrants, and accompanying narrative."--The South Philadelphia Review "Carefully researched.... It has an enticing open format and is lavishly illustrated with interesting photographs."--School Library Journal "This is one book every Italian American family should own. The narratives, interviews, and photographs of the Italian experience in both Italy and America define not only who we were but what we should never forget."--Unione (Italian Sons and Daughters of America) "This easy-to-understand overview of the immigrant experience of Italian Americans and some of their unique contributions to the United States includes anecdotes, oral history segments, and fascianting photographs."--Commonweal "An engaging, easy-to-read compilation of tales from Italians who emigrated to America or from the relatives of those immigrants, and accompanying narrative."--The South Philadelphia Review "Carefully researched.... It has an enticing open format and is lavishly illustrated with interesting photographs."--School Library Journal"This is one book every Italian American family should own. The narratives, interviews, and photographs of the Italian experience in both Italy and America define not only who we were but what we should never forget."--Unione (Italian Sons and Daughters of America)"This easy-to-understand overview of the immigrant experience of Italian Americans and some of their unique contributions to the United States includes anecdotes, oral history segments, and fascianting photographs."--Commonweal"An engaging, easy-to-read compilation of tales from Italians who emigrated to America or from the relatives of those immigrants, and accompanying narrative."--The South Philadelphia Reviewshow more

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