"There are books that change your life ... because their content is a revelation which introduces you to a new world. Anti-Italianism: Essays on a Prejudice is undeniably of [this] kind and it has left a deep mark on my soul. I am sure many readers will feel the same way about it." -Tiziano T. Dossena, L'Idea Magazine
Recommended by the Sons of Italy National Book Club.
... examines the prejudices that have been directed at Italian Americans in different periods, from the lynchings of the late 1800s, ... to the stereotypes that still today tend to associate individuals of Italian extraction with organized criminality." -- Stefano Luconi, in Il mestiere di storico
."...the best attempt at dealing with the subject matter comprehensively." --
Niccolò Graffio in Magna Grece.
"... conveys the urgency, topicality and importance of the issues at hand." -- Eleni Liarou, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
From the Back Cover
"From its bold introduction, through its superb research on racism and intelligence testing, to its intensely challenging concluding essay, this stylish collection is by turns deeply historical ... impressively interdisciplinary, and productively combative. United in their themes, but not outlook, the selections offer constant surprises and much food for thought." -- David Roediger, Babcock Professor of History, University of Illinois.
"This is one of those rare books that narrate an important and forgotten story--the experience of American anti-Italianism, recounting it in a rigorous and touching manner. Italian Americans must know this story to be aware of how painful it was for their parents and grandparents to be accepted in America. Italians must learn it to know how painful the discrimination is that they now too often inflict on their own immigrants." -- Maurizio Viroli, Professor of Politics, Princeton University, USI, and Collegio San Paolo (Turin).
"At first blush, 'anti-Italianism' seems like a comic punch line, the premise of a Sopranos or Jersey Shore episode.... Yet behind wisecracks about gangsters and 'Guidos' there lies a complex history of pervasive exclusion and persistent stereotyping, of defiant bravado, and habitual self-deprecation... [T]he history of anti-Italian prejudice has much to tell us not only about Italian Americans but also about the past and future of America." -- James T. Campbell, Edgar E. Robinson Professor of United States History, Stanford University.