The WV Mining Disaster That Killed Hundreds of Italian Men and Boys

Oct 27, 2021 817

BY: Marianna Gatto

As Italian Heritage Month approached this year, I began to think about the events in our nation’s history that played a seminal role in shaping both my identity as an Italian American and my understanding of Italian American history:

In elementary school it was the Great Arrival, the period during which millions of our ancestors came to the United States. Images of early Italian enclaves and immigrant ships stirred powerful emotions within me, foreshadowing what would become my vocation.

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