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The Routledge History of Italian Americans weaves a narrative of the trials and triumphs of one of the nation’s largest ethnic groups. This history, comprising original essays by leading scholars and critics, addresses themes that include the Columbian legacy, immigration, the labor movement, discrimination, anarchism, Fascism, World War II patriotism, assimilation, gender identity and popular culture. This landmark volume offers a clear and accessible overview of work in the growing academic field of Italian American Studies. Rich illustrations bring the story to life, drawing out the aspects of Italian American history and culture that make this ethnic group essential to the American experience.
"A marvelous history of people fundamental to the American mosaic, a history that is thoughtful, honest, passionate, and right for our times. The Routledge History of Italian Americans traces Italian immigrants from a newly unified nation that could not hold its people to thoroughly integrated Americans at all levels of society. It’s essential for understanding Americans in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries."
Nell Irvin Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University and author of The History of White People
"Wide-ranging, with chapters that cover 500 years of history while addressing everything from politics, economy, culture, race, class, and gender to work, radicalism, religion, residence and everyday life, The Routledge History of Italian Americans belongs on the shelf of every scholar of Italian America and in every library serving Italian-Americans. Specialists will find enough of the latest research, written by prominent scholars, to satisfy their very specific needs while newcomers to the topic can gain from the contributors’ obvious awareness of the needs of general readers in search of ‘the big picture.’ "
Donna Gabaccia, University of Toronto and author of Italy's Many Diasporas
"The Routledge History of ltalian Americans is an important guide to Italian American life, identity, and culture for a new millennium."
- Maddalena Marinari, Gustavus Adolphus College
About the Author
Stanislao G. Pugliese is Professor of Modern European History and the Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies at Hofstra University.
- Publisher : Routledge; 1st edition (October 5, 2017)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 660 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0415835836
- ISBN-13 : 978-0415835831
- Item Weight : 3.23 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.01 x 10 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,435,538 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By John B Sganga, Sr Son of A Sicilian Father and Basilicata Mother.
For context, it would have been nice to see more about the dystopic state, the newly-unified Kingdom of Italy, that the greater number of emigrés left, mostly after 1880 and before 1940, and perhaps something about the social and economic failures of Italian unification. Many Italians still leave Italy for greater opportunities in the United States and Canada.
The realities of the unitary state before 1900 are considered in my books about the Kingdom of Sicily (2015) and the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies (2020). Books glorifying the Risorgimento usually fail to address this. However, a few recent works do. Lucy Riall reconsiders the war of 1860 and its immediate aftermath in Sicily, the late Denis Mack Smith (in Italy and Its Monarchy) addresses it pragmatically, and Jacqueline Alio (in Women of Sicily) casts an eye over it from a feminist perspective.
It is useless, even ridiculous, to state that southern Italy was relatively poor after 1860 without explaining WHY, when this was Italy's wealthiest region until that time.
In generalizing, some of these authors write what are, in effect, stereotypical profiles of today's Italian-Americans and their recent ancestors. This is not new; I first noticed it a quarter-century ago.
Some of the chapters in this edited collection are somewhat theoretical. A few passages are absurdly introspective.
For the truly curious, the general histories written as entire books by Jerre Mangione (La Storia) and Gay Talese (Unto the Sons) are good primers for such specialized material. They may be the only books the casual reader needs.
This one is hardly essential reading.