Italian speaker embraces her ethnic background

Sep 30, 2013 887

Dr. Vincenza Scarpaci continued the mission of the Gockel Symposium in her presentation of "The Road Less Traveled: Italian Immigrants in America." She showcased the international issues associated with the immigration of nearly four million Italian people to America. While many immigrants settled in the New York area, a few chose to journey farther.

Italian immigration in the US followed a regional pattern as many northern Italians settled on the west coast to take up vineyard keeping and wine making. A large number of Sicilians worked on the sugar cane plantations in New Orleans, La. Neapolitans and Calabrians took up logging and mining and established settlements in Minnesota. Italians were noted for their diligence and sobriety as workmen.

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