By William J. Connell
There has been a wierd reluctance at the a part of historians of the Italian American adventure to confront the discrimination confronted via Italians and americans of Italian ancestry. This quantity is a daring test through an esteemed crew of students and writers to debate the query brazenly by way of charting the old and cultural limitations of stereotypes, prejudice, and assimilation. participants supply a continuing sequence of cultural encounters and reviews in tv, literature, and movie that deserve the eye of somebody attracted to the bigger subject matters of yank background.
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Margherita Marchione (New York: American Institute of Italian Studies, 1975); Philip Mazzei: Selected Writings and Correspondence, ed. Margherita Marchione, 3 vols. (Prato, Italy: Cassa di Risparmi e Depositi, 1983); Margherita Marchione, The Adventurous Life of Philip Mazzei (Lanham: University Press of America, 1995). Her work should be compared with that of the Italian scholars who underline the radicalism that emerged especially in Mazzei’s later years after his return to Europe: Edoardo Tortarolo, Illuminismo e rivoluzioni.
40. 41. 42. 43. America, ed. ” See Orsi, 316. Frederick Douglass, Autobiographies: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, and American Slave; My Bondage and My Freedom; Life and Times of Frederick Douglass (New York: Library of America, 1994), 989. See Higham, 65. United States Immigration Commission, “Abstract,” in Reports of the Immigration Commission, 41 vols. (Washington, DC, 1911) [hereafter abbreviated as “USIC, Reports”], 1:14. USIC, Reports, 14:24. See also Thomas Kessner, The Golden Door: Italian and Jewish Immigrant Mobility in New York City, 1880–1915 (New York: Oxford University Press, 1977), 24–26.
27 Ironically, what David Roediger has called the “confusion of inbetweeness” carried over to the southern African American press. ”28 The confusion over southern Italian racial identity is most vividly illustrated in a chart in an African American newspaper, The Richmond Planet. Listing the number of persons lynched in 1899, the paper printed the “names,” “race-or color,” “charges made,” and “place” where the lynching occurred. ”29 Even through the eyes of American blacks, the southern Italian appeared lost in the confusion of indeterminate racial status.
Anti-Italianism: Essays on a Prejudice by William J. Connell