Documents and Artistic Experiences of Early Italian Immigration Call for Essays   The first major wave of immigration from Italy to North America occurred between the second half of the nineteenth century and the First World War. While this phenomenon has been the object of numerous historical, sociological and anthropological studies, it s...

by Matthew Speiser   A 131-foot fishing trawler manned by a wealthy American and his family left the shores of Malta on Wednesday to set off into the Mediterranean sea for a six month expedition, CNN reports. Its mission? Rescue migrants making the perilous journey from Africa to Europe.   "I love the adventure and challenge of t...

by Joseph Francis Michael Moscaritolo ("Growing up Italian")   My maternal grandparents Angelina Schiavo-DeFuria Abbatangelo and Francesco Paolo Gambacorta-Abbatangelo were from Ariano Irpino in the Province of Avellino of the Campania Region. They came to this country around 1913 and settled in the Readville section of Boston, MA.  ...

Screening of Documentary "PANE AMARO" (Bitter Bread)The Italian American Journey from Despised Immigrants to Honored Citizens byGianfranco Norelli and Suma KurienOften referred to as the first comprehensive depiction on film of the Italian immigrant experience in the United States, this 2009, feature-length, English language documentary,...

By Giovanni di Napoli   Do to the unseasonably warm weather in New York City, it doesn't quite feel like Christmas yet. So, to help me get into the Christmas spirit, I recently visited St. Patrick's Cathedral on 5th Avenue to see the presepio (crèche) on loan from Basilacata called "The Secret Garden of Southern Italy."   Installed on...

di Riccardo Giumelli   "Conoscere, scoprire, relazionarsi con un mondo che gli è stato servito global fin da giovanissimi." Queste, tra le tante, sono le parole di Enzo Riboni, che descrivono i cosiddetti "cervelli in fuga", espressione criticabile come ho già scritto. Enzo Riboni è giornalista del Corriere della Sera, dove tiene una rubrica...

by Nelson Coffin   With immigration at the forefront of current national and international political debates, supporters of the idea might point to how well Italians — among other nationalities — have assimilated into American culture. It wasn't always easy, however, for them to make the transition from the Old World to the United State...

La storia dell'emigrazione italiana negli Stati Uniti è alla base di ognuna delle chiacchierate con gli ospiti della nostra rubrica. Fenomeno sociale che connota la presenza italiana negli USA di ieri e di oggi e anche di domani, saperne di più serve non solo a capire gli italoamericani, ma anche noi italiani che viviamo al di qua dell'oceano. Ne p...

by Micheal P. Lombardo   I was asked by members of the Centennial Committee of the Christopher Columbus Lodge #216 Order of the Sons of Italy to write a history of the Lodge since its inception in 1913. In conducting my research I have discovered that few documents seem to exist, most having been lost, damaged or destroyed as a result o...

Like many other immigrants, Adolpho and Rosaria Baldizzi struggled to keep their family together in the face of immigration laws tearing them apart. Policies put into place soon after Mr. Baldizzi arrived in the country made it illegal for his wife to follow him. Eventually, she did enter the U.S., though it's impossible to say how she managed it....