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The Journey of the Italians in America Hardcover – October 22, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1589802452 ISBN-10: 1589802454

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing (October 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589802454
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589802452
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Scarpaci has done an excellent job chronicling Italian American history and all Italian Americans should be proud..." --Italian Tribune

"Scarpaci has done an excellent job chronicling Italian American history..." ----Italian Tribune

"Don't know what to get your loved ones for Christmas? Try this book!" --Ciao! Philadelphia

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Italians have influenced American life since the beginning of the new Republic. Thomas Jefferson adapted the classic Italian architecture of Andrea Palladio in designing his home and the University of Virginia; discussed agronomy and political philosophy with his neighbor, the Italian-trained physician and merchant Philip Mazzei; signed the Declaration of Independence along with William Paca of Maryland; and invited Italian musicians to form the first marine band in Washington D.C. Subsequently, millions of Italians have immigrated to the United States, bringing with them a distinct set of beliefs, traditions, and customs, which have been preserved and passed down through the generations.

The author takes a photographic approach towards unraveling the history and legacy of Italians and their presence in America. Examining more than four hundred unique photographs of Italian families, settlements, businesses, and celebrities, Scarpaci celebrates the ways in which this ethnic group has influenced many aspects of American life, including arts, agriculture, industry, religion, cuisine, sports, and politics. Beginning in the late 1870s, this work illustrates how the immigrants and their descendants faced the hardships, disappointments, achievements, and successes of this ongoing experience.

With photographs from settings as diverse as a canning factory in Salerno to an Italian family's kitchen garden in Kellogg, Idaho, to Italians living in the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana, The Journey of the Italians in America traces the evolution of the Italian immigrant of the 1800s into today's statesman, scholar, movie star, Supreme Court justice, or businessman. As much a history of Italian influence on America, this work is also a history of American influence on Italians, as Scarpaci makes plain through evaluating the differences among generations of Italian Americans. An enduring study of ethnicity in America, this chronicle is a timely contribution to the discourse on immigration in the United States and will certainly be appreciated and enjoyed by all Americans.


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This is a beautiful book.
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Great table top book for anyone interested in the Italian American immigrant experience.
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His copy is signed by her!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Carmela Sciarretta on December 2, 2008
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What a wonderful gathering of information, photos articles and memories of the Italian immigration and influence in America through out the last hundred years.. I would reccomend this book to any one especially a proud italian american wanting to further gain the vast knowledge of there heritage. :) - Carmela p.s I had the beautiful priveledge to meet miss Vincenza Scarpaci in person at her book signing and she is such a breathtaking wonderful woman.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary L. Ruiz on November 22, 2009
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There is a secret landscape in America unknown to most of us. Clues abound from the sublime sculptures adorning our public buildings to the humble neighborhood restaurant. Vincenza Scarpaci, a historian from Eugene Oregon, guides us through this territory by assembling from east to west an extraordinary collection of family photographs from all over the country.

Opening up the pages of The Journey of Italian Immigrants in America, you can see for yourself how the compelling and often touching family photographs reveal the story of America shaping Italian immigrants and ultimately of Italians influencing America. Vincenza interprets the photos with the keen mind of a scholar and the passionate heart of an Italian American.

The effect is dazzling. Vincenza has created a new form of history told the way history really happens which is family by family. She has reclaimed the story of Italians in America for each and every one of us but especially for those of us who are the descendants of these savvy, resourceful, self-sacrificing, skilled, misunderstood, hardworking, family and food loving people.

This book should be given as a gift to the next generation of Italian Americans so they know and to the older generation so they can retell their stories with pride.The Journey of the Italians in America
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Vickie Medley on January 20, 2009
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Beautifully written. Vincenza Scarpaci has captured the very essence of what immigration was about and how the Italians assimilated themselves into their individual communities and moved forward into the future. This is a treasure trove of memories and photos of a time past and yet still lived in many ways. Even if you're not of Italian descent, you can't help but be pulled back in time with these stories and live them again. A big salute to Vincenza and the Italian American communities.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Finnigan on May 2, 2009
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I purchased this book for my mother and aunt for Christmas who's parents came over from Italy and who are now gone. They loved it. Actually, my neighbor submitted one of his pictures for this book and met the author. His copy is signed by her! What I love about this book is any Italian with ancestors from Italy can relate to what's written. I can remember stories my mother and aunt would tell me and reading this book brought them back. Something all Italians should have as part of their collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By NetEngMN on January 31, 2009
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This is a beautiful book. Anyone with an interest in Italian-Americanism, or the immigrant story in general, would like this book. I can't get enough of the old photos. This is a real keeper.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By William Russo on December 7, 2008
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America, our fabric is strong! The Journey of Italians to America helps tell all of us why.

This book illustrates clearly in photo and text, how the heritage of Italians to America is an incredible story represented now by a contemporary presence in all of our great States. It is a collection of the stories of people who through courage and humility in their struggles and who through determination and pride of traditionsas and allegiance to a new land, have woven into the fabric of fifty United States.

The photos are incredible, each a visual treasure, supported by descriptive text. Together with the authors writing skills and organization of the book, they tell a compelling story of the varied journeys of Italians in America. They are stories that are paralled in every ethnic group in their own experiences.

My mother Anna, a retired dressmaker, is pictured in a document on page 184 with a caption. Her individual story represents just one of millions that this book brings to the light of our collective awareness. I thank the author, Vincenza Scarpaci for this book and graciously agreeing to publish my mother's U.S. Naturalization Certificate, a document Mom always treasured.

Italian Americans are a strong and vital thread in our fabric. I highly recommend this book to all.

Bill Russo, New Jersey
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Edmondo F. Donato on February 18, 2009
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"The Journey of the Italians in America" would be a welcome addition for anyone who is interested in the immigrant stories, not just Americans of Italian descent. The how and why immigrants came to this country has always fascinated me. Why they settled where they did and how they survived as strangers in a strange land is the very essence of what made America, the greatest country on Gods green earth.
As with any of the immigrant sagas, the perseverance and resourcefulness of these people is an inspiration to everyone.
Not only is the book well written, but the photos alone are "worth the price of admission".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eugene Carlino on March 25, 2013
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Item as described. Includes a wonderful history of how Italians made an impact in America and passed on quality ideals generation to generation.
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