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The Immigrant World of Ybor City: Italians and Their Latin Neighbors in Tampa, 1885-1985 (Florida Sand Dollar Books) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0813016306
ISBN-10: 0813016304
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"A compelling attempt to assess the relationships over the last century among class, culture, and community in the forging of the Italian experience in Ybor City.... The wide range of private and public documents, ... the extensive use of oral testimonies, and a good mastering of anthropological and sociological tools place the book within the best vein of the new social history." -- Reviews in American History

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Product Details

  • Series: Florida Sand Dollar Books
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: University Press of Florida; 1st edition (November 30, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0813016304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813016306
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #501,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Carpenter on December 12, 2001
Format: Paperback
As a person who grew up in Tampa, and is very aware of Ybor City, I think this book is great. Mormino and Pozzetta outdid themselves on this book. There is so much detail in this book, it feels like you are walking the old brick streets in Ybor. Hopefullly more teachers will have their class read this as it pertains to a great piece of America's history.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 1999
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In the past, I have had the great opportunity to have Gary Mormino as my history teacher at the University of South Florida. He was, to say the least, a grand teacher. His skill exhibited in the class, to say the least, come alive in this book. This is a great book and a great read - find it and read it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Steve on April 20, 2009
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Dr. Mormino isn't originally from Tampa, but he's written two of the best books on the area's history: "Tampa, The Treasure City" and this one. Yes, the focus is more on the Italian residents of Ybor City than in most books on the area, but every group in that Latin soup is covered in great detail.

The factor that makes this book indispensible to students of Tampa history and immigrant studies are the stories of the immigrants themselves. Mormino researched his subject during the early 1980s, when some of the 2nd generation residents were still alive. Their first-hand accounts of turn-of-the-century Ybor City bring the vibrant community to life.

I'd place this work among the Big Three books written about Ybor City, along with Lastra's "The Making of a Landmark Town" and Nuniz's "The Ybor City Story". Highly recommended.
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Excellent research and colorful writing about the village of Spaniards, Cubans, Sicilians and Caribbean Blacks, within the city of Tampa, that catapulted a mosquito invested burg into the industrial giant of Florida at the turn of the 19th century. Mormino sets the well documented stage of the Latino immigrants' passage to Tampa. Then weaves stories of Spanish cigar factory owners, Cuban and Spanish cigar makers, and the late arriving Sicilians, to create a Latino Paella of class struggle, forged alliances of the different cultures, and the human drama created when nationalities overcome their differences for the common good. Whether you are a history buff, or just like good stories of real people finding their courage and humanity, you won't find a better read of a unique time, place, and culture that created the vibrant heart of the "Cigar City". Tampa's immigrant world of Ybor City.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By raymond miller on September 26, 2012
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This book is a must read if you are a Tampa native or new arrival. I knew that many Italians moved here from small places from Italy ans Sicily but never knew why and how did they know Tampa ? Now I know why and the difficulty they faced in their homeland and in Florida upon arrival. A great historical read.
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