Top 7 Regions in Southern Italy where Italian-Americans descend from

May 10, 2019 1957

BY: Gina Friedman

"I came to America because I heard the streets were paved with gold. When I got here, I found out three things: first, the streets weren't paved with gold; second, they weren't paved at all; and third, I was expected to pave them. This well-known quote, said by an Italian immigrant to America, reminds us that life in the new world wasn't easy for our ancestors.

In the early years of the 20th century, the United States was going through a significant period of expansion. Cities like New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco needed workers to take the hard, and often dangerous jobs of modern industry. This prompted millions of Italian people to leave their homes to start a new life in America. War, disease, unemployment, and poverty was the main reason why Italian immigrants came to America.

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