Twelve years ago, I began researching a family murder that happened in Southern Italy in the 19th century. It took a decade to find the details of the crime, but the facts I uncovered about the daily life of my ancestors and the racism they faced — even from their own countrymen — were more shocking than the killing. In today’s climate of refugee b...

The house the little Italian boy was born in is long gone. It's now just a field of weeds and garbage, another empty lot in a city of abandoned homes. As is the grade school he attended, and middle school, too. The church where he was baptized and joined Scouts with other sons of Italian immigrants has been decommissioned. It sits locked and empty...

The subject of immigration has always been a hot political topic in the United States. The DNA of our nation is comprised of people from many different lands, many who have fought and died to make this country great. In their honor this Memorial Day, HISTORY is taking a journey back to the inception of the United States in the new, two-day, four-pa...

When our ancestors left Italy in search of opportunity, and a better life, they brought with them their Italian traditions. Today Italian-Americans respect and honor their heritage by maintaining customs learned from their parents and grandparents. Three of these well-known traditions include: the naming of children, Christmas Eve celebrations, and...

“A Rosciolo dei Marsi, piccola frazione di Magliano dei Marsi (AQ) adagiata ai piedi del Monte Velino, in Abruzzo, sono ancora in molti a ricordare il suo nome italiano: Vincenzo Pelliccione. Quello d’arte, invece, è finito nelle nebbie del tempo, assieme al grande talento a cui è associato. Nato il 2 giugno del 1893 da Sebastiano e Carolina Marini...

THE cellar is flooded and Chris Ranalli worries about snakes. From the safety of the back door, he points out the sturdy walls—two feet thick, as if to withstand Mediterranean earthquakes—and the elegantly vaulted ceilings. “They lived in the top two storeys and made wine in the basement,” explains Mr Ranalli, who now tends the 100-year-old vineyar...

After World War II, Italy found itself on the front of a new struggle, to resettle civilians whose lives had been disrupted by war. Italy’s experience contributed to an understanding of the role migration could play in promoting both individual and national economic security, and the security not only of a struggling nation that could not employ it...

L’Associazione Culturale ‘Ambasciatori della fame’, già da tempo, si interessa di restituire all’Italia la memoria dei suoi figli emigrati all’estero. In particolare, nella fase iniziale, maggior attenzione è stata destinata all’Abruzzo, al Molise, alla Puglia e alla Calabria. “Ma non sarebbe stato giusto dimenticare – spiega Geremia Mancini – pres...

A Name is a Name is a Name We sat around a table in Moscow’s bar located across street from the playground of my youth, Feaster’s Park in New Brunswick, NJ.  It was just us, the men in the family; well, two men, one boy; the adults were Lenny the plumber and Len, Jr. the cop, a New Brunswick Police Officer.  We were, as they say, “‘shootin’ the bre...

Quando il figliolo di un compaesano divenne medico, per la Comunità italo-americana degli Usa ciò fu motivo di enorme orgoglio; ma soprattutto più tardi, quando – in grazia della sua bravura – quel giovane professionista molisano divenne un punto di riferimento della cittadina di Buffalo e, poi, dell’intera Contea. Nicola Rocco De Dominicis (di Vas...