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TitleThe Italian Americans : a history / Maria Laurino.
AuthorLaurino, Maria author.
Call No973.045 L
CollectionAdult Non-Fiction
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Call NoBarcodeCirc Status
973.045 L18011123504950Available

Catalog Details

International Standard Book Number 0393241297 (hardback)
International Standard Book Number 9780393241297 (hardback)
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 973/.0451 23
Personal Name Laurino, Maria author.
Title Statement The Italian Americans : a history / Maria Laurino.
Edition Statement First edition.
Imprint New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Physical Description 308 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
Content Type text rdacontent
Media Type unmediated rdamedia
Carrier Type volume rdacarrier
General Note "Companion to the PBS series by John Maggio"--Cover.
Bibliography, Etc. Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 270-281) and index.
Formatted Contents Note 1860-1910. La famiglia ; Who killa da chief? ; Birds of passage ; A secret history ; Up from the ashes -- 1910-1930. Becoming American ; Fruits of thy labor ; Taking the streets ; Guilt by association ; A shortcut -- 1930-1945. The little flower ; Faith in the fatherland ; Why we fight ; Enemy aliens -- 1945-present. American dreams ; Cultural outlaws ; Crime and prejudice ; Mythmakers ; Breaking through ; We're all Italian!
Summary, Etc. Maria Laurino strips away stereotypes and nostalgia to tell the complicated, centuries-long story of the true Italian-American experience. Looking beyond the familiar caricatures fostered by popular culture, she tells the stories of Sicilian workers imported to replace the labor of freed slaves, the grim realities from which most immigrants came, the lynchings of Italian Americans, and the first uses of the word "mafia." Laurino shows how Italian Americans dominated the fishing industry in San Francisco, helped save the city after the Great Fire, and were interned or restricted as "enemy aliens" during World War II. Readers will meet the celebrated NYPD officer who battled "The Black Hand"; sex-symbol Rudolph Valentino, who attracted both adoration and scorn; and Rosina Bonavita, the real-life "Rosie the Riveter." Laurino brings to light the significance of Italian American roots to generation-defining authors and poets like Diane DiPrima, and examines how Italian Americans' focus on family and community has influenced American politics. From anarchist radicals of the early twentieth century to Nancy Pelosi and Andrew Cuomo; from traditional artisans to rebel songsters like Frank Sinatra and Lady Gaga, this book explores and celebrates the rich history and ongoing vitality of Italian American life.--From publisher description.
Subject Added Entry - Topical Term Italian Americans History
Donor Information From the Library Board & Staff, Bruno Carnovale.

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