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A photographic history of Italian-American life. The Italian imprint on North America that began centuries ago with the voyages of Christopher Columbus, Amerigo Vespucci, and Giovanni da Verrazzano continues in every aspect of American life today. This book celebrates the contributions Italians made in the areas of agriculture, cuisine, industry, religion, sports, architecture, the arts, and politics, and how they preserved their culture while establishing their presence in America. Beginning with the first major wave of immigration in the 1870s, this book portrays Italian-American hardships and successes, along with the lifestyles, organizations, and businesses they created in communities throughout the country. Four hundred photographs from public and private collections portray this colorful ethnic group in settings from the crowded streets of Naples to crowded ships bound for America, to Californian farmers and family celebrations in New York.

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The influence of Italians in American cuisine, industry, sports, entertainment, and language is profound. Using photographs to illustrate more than a century of Italian experiences in the United States, the author provides an intimate and informed glimpse into the history of prejudice, hardship, celebration, and success faced by this rich Mediterranean people.
In this candid collection, every photograph is an occasion for a story. From the biography of Dr. Umberto Buffo, a pioneer physician, who in 1904 came to Indian Territory (Oklahoma) to minister mostly to Italian miners, to a family combining life and work in a Massachusetts kitchen to the interactions between Native American groups and the Italian Americans, the photographs capture moments in Italian American life, which, when taken together, paint a comprehensive portrait of one of the United States' most influential and diverse immigrant populations.
In reflecting upon the individual experiences of Italian families and individuals throughout the twentieth century, Vincenza Scarpaci recounts the events of United States history, including the First and Second World Wars, the Civil Rights movement, the Watergate scandal, and even the appointment of Justice Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court, from the perspective of the Italian American population. A matchless celebration of common men and women alongside notable Italian American celebrities and public figures, The Journey of the Italians in America is a cultural photo album that is sure to be cherished by generations of Americans to come.
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New York native Vincenza Scarpaci graduated from Rutgers University in 1972 with a Ph.D. in history. She has taught United States and immigration history at various universities across the country, and her work has appeared in scholarly journals and Italian and American magazines throughout the world. An active volunteer, Scarpaci was the recipient of the Ameritan Award from the Maryland chapter of the Sons of Italy in recognition of her work documenting the Italian experience in Baltimore. She lives in Eugene, Oregon, with her husband.

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Between the years 1880 and 1914, nearly four million Italian immigrants arrived in the United States. While the Italian population was initially clustered in the industrial Northeast, the growing number of immigrants began fanning out across the country in search of work or adventure, transforming the communities and landscapes they came into contact with along the way as dramatically as they themselves were changed by the American experience.

In "The Journey of the Italians in America," Scarpaci embraces the contradictions of the Italian American legacy, considering the multifarious ways in which Italians became an essential part of American history without generalizations. Every aspect of life, ranging from religion, the struggle for citizenship, anti-Italian prejudice, World War II, Columbus Day parades, Italians in popular culture, and of course, food, all come to life in this insightful and candid photographic journey.

Drawing from both private and public photograph collections, the author explores the traditions, history, and legacy of Italians in America. The photographs, some dating to the 1800s, represent more than one hundred years of Italian American life, each telling the intimate story of an Italian family, individual, or business. From agrarian family homesteads in Italy to prosperous commercial enterprises in New York City, the photographs, accompanied by insightful, detailed captions, capture the complex and nuanced chronicle of an ethnic group as diverse as it is influential.

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