Annotated Bibliography - p. 6

Harney, Robert, F. and Scarpaci, J. Vincenza (editors). Little Italies in North America. Toronto: The Multicultural History Society of Ontario, 1981.

Harney and Scarpaci’s volume consists of essays that examine the Little Italies in Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Oswego, Tampa, New Orleans, St. Louis, Toronto and Montreal. These essays provide an explanation for the development and location of the Italian communities in Canada and the United States. This work investigates the culture and society of these Little Italies.

Ianni, Francis, A. J.  A Family Business.  New York: Mentor, 1972.

Ianni indicates that Prohibition became the source for power and profit that allowed an American Mafia to form. Prior to prohibition, Black Hand activities were focused on robbery, extortion, and other traditional, low-profit crimes within the Italian community.

Immerso, Michael. Newark’s Little Italy: The Vanished First Ward. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1997.

Immerso’s work describes a period of  over 70 years, from the settlement of the first Southern Italian immigrants in Newark’s Little Italy in the 1880s to the arrival of the bulldozers that tore down this neighborhood. This community was cleared for a massive urban renewal project of hi rise public housing buildings. Newark’s Little Italy was completely gone by the 1970s. The book is a description of the families, St. Lucy’s Church, regional mutual aid societies, politicians, gangsters and development and demise of this Italian-American community.

Iorizzo, Luciano, J. and Mondello, Salvatore.  The Italian-Americans.  New York: Twayne Publishers, Inc., 1971.

Iorizzo and Mondello’s study evaluates the role of the Italians in the arts, labor, business, agriculture, religion and crime in the United States. The book provides detailed approaches to such topics as Irish-American tension, the association of the Italians to the progressive movement, and the reasons for migration to America.

Johnson, Colleen Leahy. Growing Up and Growing Old in Italian-American Families. New Brunswick, NJ:  Rutgers University Press, 1985.

 Johnson’s study examines the Italian-American family. This book describes and analyzes the problems between family members and how solutions are sought that need to balance personal interests and the interests of the nuclear and extended family.

Juliani, Richard N.  Building Little Italy: Philadelphia’s Italians Before Migration. Pennsylvania: Penn State University Press, 1998.

Juliani’s work examines the Italian settlement in Philadelphia from pre-Revolution times up to the eve of mass migration in the 1870s.  This book indicates that the period from the 1700s to the 1870s was important in the development of Little Italy.

Kessner, Thomas.  The Golden Door. New York: Oxford University, 1977.

 Thomas Kessner’s work, a study of Italians and Jews in New York City from 1880 to 1915, shows that both ethnic groups moved up the occupational ladder.  The Italians, however, mostly confined their climb to blue collar work. Kessner states that the Italians considered education an unimportant continuation of one’s childhood. He comments  that the maintenance of this Italian attitude had the following effects on the offspring: the second generation’s occupational similarity with their elders, especially in unskilled jobs; the persistence of offspring in Italian immigrant neighborhoods; the fact that the second generation did not differ much from the first generation in occupational interests; and the fact that participation in American schools made no great impact on their occupational viewpoint.

LaGumina, Salvatore J. WOP: A Documentary History of Anti-Italian Discrimination. Toronto: Guernica, 1999  (originally published 1973).

LaGumina’s volume investigates and records anti-Italian discrimination in the United States.This book demonstrates that Italians have been subject to some of the most blatant, fierce, and rough forms of discrimination to strike any group of people.

LaGumina, Salvatore, J. From Steerage to Suburbs: Long Island Italians.  New York: Center for Migration Studies, 1988.

LaGumina’s book analyzes the social history of Italian Americans in the suburbs of Long Island. The work describes the Italian American neighborhoods in Inwood, Glen Cove, Port Washington, Westbury, Patchogue, Bellport and Copiage. It examines the early settlements, small factories, mines, farms and mansions, various forms of crime, violence, discrimination and prejudice, ethnic enclaves, changing loyalties and forging new identities of Long Island’s Italian Americans.

LaGumina, Salvatore, J.   The Immigrants Speak: Italian Americans Tell Their Story. New York: Center for Migration Studies, 1979.

LaGumina’s work records the accounts of a number of Italian Americans, from various occupations.These accounts detail the Italian American immigrant experience over the past century. 

LaGumina, Salvatore, J. An Album of the Italian American.  New York: Franklin Watts, 1972.

LaGumina’s book presents an overview of the history of  Italians in the United States. This work mentions some families and individuals by name.

LaGumina, Salvatore J. and Cavaioli, Frank. The Ethnic Dimension in American Society. Boston: Holbrook Press, 1974.

LaGumina and Cavaioli, after examining the experiences of different ethnic groups (including Italian-Americans), argue that there is a maintenance of cultural diversity among the groups. They maintain that ethnicity remains as a significant factor in American society.

LaPiana, G.  The Italians in Milwaukee.  Milwaukee: Associated Charities of Milwaukee, 1915.

LaPiana describes the living conditions of the Italians in Milwaukee in the early 1900s.  He explains the many problems that the Italians experienced.

LaRuffa,  Anthony, L.  Mount Carmelo: An Italian American Community in the Bronx. New York: Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, 1988.

LaRuffa’s book is a study of Little Italy in the Belmont area of the Bronx.  His work describes the experiences of the Italian Americans of this community.

La Sorte, Michael. La Merica: Images of Italian Greenhorn Experience.  Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1985.

La Sorte’s book investigates the emigration of Italian men to the United States prior to the First World War from the perspective of the migrants themselves. This work describes the lives of these Italian men in Italy prior to emigration and their years in the United States.


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