The AsSud Association (which has among its statutory purposes the study of emigration and the relationship between migration and the territories of departure and arrival, see in this regard the "Piccolo Festival delle Spartenze" founded by the Association in 2016) has established the Osservatorio sulle Radici Italiane - Observatory on Italian Roots...

The phenomenon of emigration is as old as the history of man who, having the desire and strength to change how he lived, abandoned what was familiar to him to venture into the unknown. To emigrate was never been considered a pleasant change but a brutal one that uprooted one's life. One does not leave one's land and culture unless driven by poverty...

Cesare "Ches" Agusto Di Marzio storico testimone della nostra emigrazione. La raccontò per l'American Museum of Immigration di "Ellis Island". Lesse e scrisse, per i nostri emigranti,  migliaia di lettere da e per l'Italia. Raccolse le lettere dei soldati italo-americani impegnati nella Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Era nato a Cappelle sul Tavo, in prov...

As an author, I’ve had the good fortune to meet hundreds of Italian –Americans at book signings in and around Chicago. It is always my great pleasure to sign books and to chat a bit with purchasers. Comments I most often heard from my customers were something like these:  “I should write a book about my ancestors” or “I can tell you a story about m...

AMERICA OF THE MELTING POT COMES TO END,” the New York Times headline blared in late April 1924. The opinion piece that followed, penned by Senator David Reed of Pennsylvania, claimed recent immigrants from southern and Eastern European countries had failed to satisfactorily assimilate and championed his recently passed legislation to severely rest...

Thirty years ago, the Senator John Heinz History Center embarked on a mission to preserve and interpret the history of Italian migrants that settled in Western Pennsylvania. The initiative began at the encouragement of Italian American community leaders who sought to recognize the legacy of Italian immigrants in the region. They discussed funding a...

They came aboard ships … just over five million they were, migrating to the United States over five decades between the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. They were Italians. They came ashore, mostly on Ellis Island in New York, but there were also other ports of call like Boston and New Orleans. With few possessions and lots of hope they disembar...

"If you were ever desperate for food, you could knock on any door in the Ward…day or night ... and get help. Many of the grocery stores would even let you put your bill on a tab without ever having to worry about paying interest.”   – Palma Valeriote Today you would likely be arrested if you knocked on anyone’s door at any hour of the night to get...

Nelle diverse occasioni di uscita dalle crisi che hanno sconvolto l’Italia fin dalla sua unità, l’emigrazione è stata una delle variabili centrali: nel senso – molto negativo – di usarla come un decongestionante, come una sorta di antinfiammatorio, agevolandola e addirittura di incentivandola in modo mirato. E’ avvenuto alla fine dell’800 e all’ini...

Victor Vescovo—a renowned undersea explorer and former Naval officer, and Dr. Kathy Sullivan—an oceanographer and retired astronaut, just traveled 35,000 feet below the ocean’s surface. This makes Sullivan, 68, the first person to both walk in space and descend to the deepest point in the ocean, known as the Challenger Deep, which is located about...