Synopses & Reviews
From the early Italian adventurers who played an important role in the European expansion across the Atlantic to the political and business leaders of the 1990s, this book tells a dramatic story. The heart of the story is the mass migration that took place between 1880 and 1924, when a whole culture left its ancient roots to settle in the cities and towns of America.
Since Columbus arrived 500 years ago, some five-and-a-half-million other Italians have made the long journey across the Atlantic in search of a better life for their families. La Storia provides a complete account of their particularly rich exodus and Americanization. Photo inserts.
Includes bibliographical references (p. 463-494) and index.
Table of Contents
Italians among the colonizers -- The land they left -- Emigration fever -- The land they came to -- New roots across the nation -- Crime and prejudice -- Work, politics, and divertimenti -- Assimilation -- Old wine in new bottles, 1940-1990.