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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.
Must read for all Italian-Americans. Just when I thought there was nothing more I needed to know about our journey here - BAM. Like a shot in the arm. Read morePublished 6 months ago by delores delgado
being an italian myself it was a great insite into he journey they took for a better lifePublished 10 months ago by bruno buda
Great table top book for anyone interested in the Italian American immigrant experience.Published 11 months ago by Merle Wayne Hutton
I've read many books on Italian Immigration, but Vincenza's is a must have, especially for those of Italian Heritage seeking to 'fill the gaps' and raise awareness of Italian... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Francis Gaspari
This is a massive collection of information on the many, many different iterations of the Italian American experience. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dominic Candeloro
Item as described. Includes a wonderful history of how Italians made an impact in America and passed on quality ideals generation to generation.Published on March 25, 2013 by Eugene Carlino
Gave it two visiting Italian students, and received a note telling me that they used it in their class in Italy and was very helpful.Published on January 20, 2013 by Nick Vlahakis
I loved the book, the photos were just beautiful and it is well written, Vincenza always does a great job.Published on March 16, 2012 by Joni