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Cultural Writing. Introduction by Lawrence DiStasi. 1942, the first full year of World War II for the United States, was a time of fear and uncertainty for Americans of Italian descent. Wartime regulations required that 600,000 Italian "resident aliens" carry photo-identity cards, restricted their freedom of movement, and forced an estimated 10,000 along the West Coast to relocate. Local police searched homes for guns, cameras, and shortwave radios. Within six months after war was declared, 1,500 Italian resident aliens were arrested for curfew, travel, and contraband violations, and some 250 were imprisoned in military camps for up to two years. Even some naturalized citizens had to leave their homes and businesses because the military decided that they were too dangerous to remain in strategic areas. All but forgotten in the post-war years, obscured by the story of the Japanese-American internment, officially denied, and simply repressed as a disturbing and shameful memory, this secret stor

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Judith Gips, September 8, 2014 (view all comments by Judith Gips)
"Una Storia Segreta" is a well-presented anthology of narrative history and family anecdotes that tells a little-known (and ugly) history of the Italian people in the United States, especially on both coasts. Italian immigrants and their descendents were always somewhat marginalized by an Anglo-based US culture of soial power and access, and much of the harassment of Italians during WWII had its roots in this bias (rather than in any threat posed to the people of the US from fascist Italy via Italian Americans.) Through primary documents such as photograph and letters, oral history, and strong narrative writing, we come to know the shameful "secret history" of the Italian American exclusion that closed down farming, fishing, and other traditional industries and seripously disrupted family life in many communities in the improbable name of national security during wartime.
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ISBN:
9781890771409
Editor:
Distasi, Lawrence
Foreword:
Gilbert, Sandra
Foreword by:
Gilbert, Sandra
Foreword:
Gilbert, Sandra
Editor:
Distasi, Lawrence
Author:
Distasi, Lawrence
Publisher:
Heyday Books
Location:
Berkeley, Calif.
Subject:
General
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
History
Subject:
Minority Studies - Ethnic American
Subject:
Italian americans
Subject:
United States - 20th Century/WWII
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
US History - 20th Century
Subject:
Ethnic Studies-Immigration
Series Volume:
103-91
Publication Date:
20010131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
327
Dimensions:
9.05x6.05x.91 in. 1.24 lbs.

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