In the Mahoning Valley, there’s a layer of fine coal dust that overlays Italian American history. To retrace the time when Italians first arrived, head north on Youngstown’s Belmont Avenue and you’ll soon find yourself on Route 193. In Liberty Township, not far from where the highway crosses Churchill Road, stood Church Hill and its coal camp. The...

In this episode of The Italian American Podcast episode, I speak with Dan Yaccarino, an internationally acclaimed author-illustrator with more than thirty books to his credit. We’re going to talk specifically about one of his books called All the Way to America: The Story of a Big Italian Family and a Little Shovel. The children’s book details his...

Imagine 600,000 Italians in America, good honest hardworking people. Imagine them all of a sudden branded as enemy aliens, discriminated, questioned, moved to internment camps. Imagine that they are prohibited to work, to live in their own homes, to travel more than 5 miles. Imagine them forced to prove their innocence, for a charge they don't even...

The Italian Diaspora Studies Summer Seminar™ is a three-week summer program that takes place at Roma Tre University from June 11 to 29, 2018. It is designed to introduce participants (doctoral students and professors) to cultural studies of the Italian Diaspora from a variety of academic perspectives and to foster development of individual projects...

Recentemente Passigli Editori di Firenze ha pubblicato un romanzo che riconferma l’interesse dell’editoria italiana nell’esperienza dell’emigrazione italiana di fine Ottocento e inizio Novecento quando milioni di italiani lasciarono soprattutto le nostre terre e i piccoli paesi in cerca di fortuna nelle Americhe. Ho scritto più volte che l’Italia,...

In 1904, Saint Leonard’s parish welcomed Father Valerian Pianigiani. It was under Father Pianigiani’s tenure as Pastor that various Church groups still in formation today came to be, the most prevalent of these groups being the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Knights of Columbus. The Third Order is a group of lay men and women who wish to carr...

Picture this: It’s the early 20th century, and you are leaving your hometown in Southern Italy to board a ship that will take you thousands of miles across the Atlantic to build a new life in the United States. You really want to take comfort foods with you, such as your beloved cheese and cured pork, but it’s illegal to transport meats into the co...

Prior to the last Oswego County Legislature meeting of 2017, Legislator Dan Farfaglia headed west. He helped nearly three dozen men, women and children receive an early Christmas gift – U.S. citizenship. “Last Thursday morning, before the afternoon legislature meeting in Oswego, I was in Rochester participating in a swearing in ceremony for new Ame...

The 45th anniversary of “The Godfather” has brought us another Blu-Ray box set and another round of critical reappraisal of the mafia movie classic. The secret of the film’s enduring appeal, however, might be found in its opening line: “I believe in America.” It is often said that “The Godfather” is an ironic commentary on the American Dream. That...

Quando sono arrivati a Palermo era il 1990: un piccolo trauma per i fratellini che dall'imponente America si sono dovuti confrontare con una cultura, una lingua, un mondo diverso. Oggi Gabriella e Michael sono i protagonisti di una storia di "migranti al contrario": dopo la scuola sono tornati a vivere negli Stati Uniti ma poi il legame con la Sici...