A Fight for the Westward Dream: the Creation of Italian America

Jul 17, 2019 861

Poverty was the main motivation for an Italian leaving his family and home and putting up with the hardships of traveling to America. In 1898, widespread “bread riots” plagued all of Italy, with people protesting the lack of jobs and the sudden increase in the price of wheat and bread.

Other motivators were the constant political strife and the dream to return to Italy with enough money to buy land and improve their lives. 80 percent of Italians were farmers and couldn’t afford modern farming equipment to better their lives. Rural Italians lived in harsh conditions, residing in one-room houses with no plumbing or privacy. In addition, many peasants were isolated due to a lack of roads in Italy.

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