By William J. Connell

ISBN-10: 023010830X

ISBN-13: 9780230108301

ISBN-10: 0230115322

ISBN-13: 9780230115323

There has been a strange reluctance at the a part of historians of the Italian American event to confront the discrimination confronted via Italians and americans of Italian ancestry. This quantity is a daring test by way of an esteemed team of students and writers to debate the query overtly through charting the historic and cultural limitations of stereotypes, prejudice, and assimilation. individuals supply a continuing sequence of cultural encounters and studies in tv, literature, and movie that deserve the eye of someone drawn to the bigger topics of yank historical past.

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35 Why did the Italian republics fail? Adams uses the real history of Italy to tell the story of Shakespeare’s Italian tragedies all over again. As in Shakespeare, family honor, selfishness, corruption, and the absence (%6/)6%74)'873*-8%0-%2%1)6-'%246),-7836=    of a sense of community interest undermine the public trust, leading to tyrannies either of princes or of a small circle of aristocrats. To understand how to avoid the fate of the Italian republics, Adams urged young Americans to learn to read Italian.

In essence, the commission had concluded what they had already assumed to be true before their investigation began and reinforced the conventional negative racial view of the “new” immigrants. ”21 The findings aligned the many nationalities of these immigrants into two major groups and proceeded to fit the evidence into a preset conclusion. ” This categorization would enable the commission to establish that there was a scientifically sanctioned hierarchy of races rooted in the specific skin color of the various peoples.

29 Even through the eyes of American blacks, the southern Italian appeared lost in the confusion of indeterminate racial status. 30 Prescott F. Hall, who cofounded the Immigration Restriction League in 1893, believed that the biological fact that southern Italians possessed a “Negro strain,” coupled with their indifference to intermarriage with black races, could upend the South’s social and political order. According to Hall, What would happen if a large Mediterranean population should be colonized in our Southern States and should interbreed with the negro population it finds there?

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