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Grade 5 Up-This carefully researched volume includes selections from such primary sources as diaries, letters, and oral histories. It has an enticing open format and is lavishly illustrated with interesting black-and-white photographs. Each of the six chapters begins with background information and then goes on to discuss life in the old country, coming to America, first impressions, working, forming a new life, and becoming a part of America. Sidebars add fascinating details-biographical profiles of famous individuals past and present, tidbits of history, more quotations, and recipes and songs. The book offers much more information on Italian Americans than Gladys Nadler Rips's Coming to America (Dell, 1982; o.p.). While the material has a universality applicable to all the immigrant groups who arrived in this country at the turn of the 20th century, it will be particularly useful for libraries serving large populations of Italian descent.
Diane S. Marton, Arlington County Library, VA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"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)

"An easy-to-read introduction to Italian American history that is especially recommended for young Italian Americans who want to learn about their heritage."--National Italian American Foundation

"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


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 12
  • Series: American Family Albums
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 1 edition (May 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195124200
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195124200
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,896,868 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book, although written for older children, is a good read for adults as well. It shows the story of Italian immigration starting in Italy, which few accounts do. The pictures from Italy give the reader a setting to contrast with American cities and towns of the times. The interviews with the immigrants give a flavor of the struggles they went through and clarify their reasons for leaving their homes and families. The sections on Italian American ommunities and their traditions and contributions are a source of pride for all Italian Americans. A highly recommended book for those wishing to understand the immigrant experience.
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