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Una Storia Segreta : The Secret History of Italian American Evacuation and Internment During World War II Paperback – June 1, 2001
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Italian-Americans don't talk about this much, mostly because after what happened to the Japanese-Americans, I don't think we feel that we have any business complaining. They really did have it so much worse. But without the awareness of how "soft around the edges" this whole part of history was, without knowing the whole, full extent of it, I fear that we won't recognize what the initial part of the slippery slope looks like. I fear that the next time this happens, Americans will say things like, "We won't put them in camps. We'll just register them, confiscate their sensitive property, or ask them to move out of sensitive areas," without realizing that that sort of thing IS the first step on the road to internment camps.
If we're going to stamp out this sort of virulence, we need to recognize what the first signs of the disease look like. And this is what they look like. You need to recognize the first gentle curve of the slippery slope in order to avoid stepping over it into the pit that lies beneath it.
It saddened me to read about the number of industries/business/s closing as a result of internment.
Livelyhoods lost, relocation exploitation and the need to push aside traditions/culture as a result of their war time experiences.
It is wonderful to see that archives are preserved and history is acknowledging the contributions of Italians in America.
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This combination of personal and academic writings provides an excellent introduction to a different but similar result of mass internment of innocent people.Published 9 months ago by James E Walsh
Very interesting stories and essays on a topic that really has been a secret story.Published 11 months ago by Traveler
Another sad blot on America's history. Ironically, though the Japanese internment (equally sad) is well known, few people are aware of Italian (and German) internmentPublished 15 months ago by John Mazzacane
Fantastic book. I never even imaginened that such a thing could happen to US citizens. Thank you, Larry DiStasti for making this booi possilbe.Published 16 months ago by George G.