Westward the immigrants: Italian adventurers and colonists by Andrew Rolle

By Andrew Rolle

Here's a vibrant replacement to the view that America's immigrants have been uprooted, defenceless pawns adrift in a sea of bewilderment and depression. Taking the contributors of 1 nationality as a prototype, Westward the Immigrants (originally released because the Immigrants Upraised) lines the social, political, and monetary development of Italian immigrants once they abandoned New York's crowded Mulberry road for extra profitable targets within the twenty-two states west of the Mississippi.

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Asian examples of misfortune appear in Gunther Barth's Bitter Strength: A History of the Chinese in the United States, 18501870 (1964). On the Basques consult William A. Douglass and Jon Bilbao's Amerikanauk: Basques in the New World 1975). Also see Ray A. Billington's Land of Savagery, Land of Promise: the European Image of the Frontier (1981), which traces the impact of western American imagery upon Europeans. 5. See Luciano J. Iorizzo, "The Padrone and Immigrant Distribution," in Silvano M. Tomasi and Madeline H.

Don Dwiggins, "The Paper That Wouldn't Die," Westways, (November, 1975), 1821. 19. Philip F. Notarianni, "ltalianità in Utah," in The Peoples of Utah, Helen Z. , (1976), 309, 313, 320. 20. Briggs, 337. 21. Balboni further observes that, of the headline entertainers during the 1950s and 1960s, one-fourth were men and women of Italian background. See also Gloria Lothrop, "The Untold Story: The Effect of the Second World War on California Italians," Journal of the West (1996), 714. 22. , The Columbus People (1994).

Further west in that decade, school attendance in Minnesota communities ran as high as 97 percent. " The number of immigrant progeny that became school teachers is also surprising. 13 Related to the writings of Briggs and Smith is Professor Humbert S. Nelli's The Italians in Chicago, 18801930: A Study in Ethnic Mobility (1970). He points out that urban ethnic colonies served as staging areas where formerly rural folk fashioned new life styles adapted to American neighborhoods. Most were able to shed a sense of apartness and gradually overcome assimilation Page xix challenges, labor abuses, and poor housing conditions.

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