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Building Little Italy: Philadelphia's Italians Before Mass Migration Hardcover – April 1, 1998


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 398 pages
  • Publisher: Penn State University Press (April 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0271017317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0271017310
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,878,601 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In Building Little Italy, Richard Juliani has given us the definitive case study of Italian community formation in the United States. No other scholar has so exhaustively researched, so skillfully written about, or so imaginatively conceived the question of early Italian settlement before the age of mass migration. It will remain the essential guide for all future work in the field. --Philip V. Cannistraro, Queens College/CUNY

In this useful study, Richard Juliani builds on the methods and insights of thirty years of research on Italian American life during the mass migrations, but charts a new course by examining the years before 1870. --Donna R. Gabaccia, Journal of Social History

Juliani's work is a richly detailed study of one of the earliest Italian communities in the United States. There are many community studies of Italians, but there are few that have examined, in such depth, the creation of Italian life before the era of mass migration. --Diane C. Vecchio, Journal of American Ethnic History

In this useful study, Richard Juliani builds on the methods and insights of thirty years of research on Italian American life during the mass migrations, but charts a new course by examining the years before 1870. --Donna R. Gabaccia, Journal of Social History

Juliani's work is a richly detailed study of one of the earliest Italian communities in the United States. There are many community studies of Italians, but there are few that have examined, in such depth, the creation of Italian life before the era of mass migration. --Diane C. Vecchio, Journal of American Ethnic History

About the Author

Richard N. Juliani is Professor of Sociology at Villanova University. He is the author of The Social Organization of Immigration: The Italians in Philadelphia (Arno Press/New York Times, 1980) and co-editor of New Explorations in Italian American Studies (American Italian Historical Association, 1994).

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 30, 1999
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In Building Little Italy: Philadelphia's Italians Before Mass Migration, Richard Juliani provides a volume that would be of value to many interested readers. Building Little Italy tells the story of the early Italian immigrant to the City of Brotherly Love, complete with the everyday challenges and hurdles faced by this fledgling group. This book brings to life many new details and is in many ways groundbreaking, as little if any has been published in this area before. Dr. Juliani provides a painstakingly researched tome, with statistical information beautifully complimented by wonderful photos. No rocks are left unturned. For those interested in Italian American or European cultural history, Juliani allows you to step into the shoes of an early Italian immigrant - attempting to adjust to a new nation while trying to maintain ties to his people. Some of the immigrants met with more success than others. Several early Italians in Philadelphia contributed a wealth to this ethnically rich city, and others were on hand to see many historical events. In addition to being a fascinating cultural read, Building Little Italy is an excellent reference tool for those studying this area on a scholarly level. This volume will be a worthwhile addition to the bookshelf of many. It is wholeheartedly recommended to any readers interested in Italian American culture or research.
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I enjoyed reading this book very much as my great grandparents migrated from the homelands into Philadelphia where my family and I were born and raised.
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This book is fantastic in revealing the early Italian history in Philadelphia, Pa. It shows how much the small Italian commumity contributed to the building of the city and the influence that they had which is still relevant to this day.
I was also intrigued with the fact that one of the earliest Italian businessman may have been an ancestor of mine.
Anyone interested in researching early Italian ancestors in Philadelphia will find a treasure chest of good information.
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By Barrie on September 1, 2014
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Really enjoyed this book.
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