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posted Nov 12, 2010, 1:07 PM by Vincenza Scarpaci   [ updated Nov 13, 2010, 6:54 PM by Tom Layton ]

February 15, 2009

ISBN: 1589802454
Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company
Published: 2008-11
Hardcover: $40.00 (319p)
Subject: History | United States - General; Social Science | Ethnic Studies - General; History | Social History

The Journey of the Italians in America

Primarily a photographic record accompanied by extensive captions and short chapter introductions, this fascinating historical account by Scarpaci (coauthor, Little Italies in North America) is divided into nine chapters, from embarkation and arrival to assimilation and ethnic resurgence. The book does not dodge contentious issues, like organized crime and the lionization of Columbus. Its many rare illustrations, including period photos, sheet music, advertisements, and document facsimiles, tell individual stories of survival, persistence, ingenuity, and community with more immediacy than any essay. Multi-paragraph captions are highly informative, even poignant, often including individual stories and direct quotations. Highly recommended for Italian and American history collections.