1st Edition

The Routledge History of Italian Americans

Edited By William Connell, Stanislao Pugliese Copyright 2018
    692 Pages
    by Routledge

    692 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge History of Italian Americans weaves a narrative of the trials and triumphs of one of the nation’s largest ethnic groups. This history, comprising original essays by leading scholars and critics, addresses themes that include the Columbian legacy, immigration, the labor movement, discrimination, anarchism, Fascism, World War II patriotism, assimilation, gender identity and popular culture. This landmark volume offers a clear and accessible overview of work in the growing academic field of Italian American Studies. Rich illustrations bring the story to life, drawing out the aspects of Italian American history and culture that make this ethnic group essential to the American experience.

    A New History for a New Millennium

    William J. Connell

    Part I - Explorations and Foundations

    1) Italians in the Early Atlantic World
    William J. Connell

    2) From the Pilgrim Fathers to the Founding Fathers: Italy and America
    Edoardo Tortarolo

    3) When They Were Few: Italians in America, 1800-1850
    John Paul Russo

    4) America’s Garibaldi: The United States and Italian Unification
    Don H. Doyle

    5) Dante Alighieri and the Divine Comedy in Nineteenth-Century America
    Dennis Looney

    Part II - The Great Migration and Creating Little Italies

    6) Why Italians Left Italy: The Physics and Politics of Migration, 1870-1920
    Maddalena Tirabassi

    7) The Silence of the Atlantians: Contact, Conflict, Consolidation (1880-1913)
    Peter Carravetta

    8) The Little Italies of the Early 1900s: From the Reports of Amy Bernardy
    Maddalena Tirabassi

    9) Interpreting Little Italies: Ethnicity as an Accident of Geography
    Maria Susanna Garroni

    10) Culture and Identity on the Table: Italian American Food as Social History

    Simone Cinotto

    11) Italian Americans and Their Religious Experience
    Richard N. Juliani

    12) Italian Americans and Race During the Era of Mass Immigration

    Peter G. Vellon

    13) Discrimination, Prejudice and Italian American History
    Salvatore J. LaGumina

    14) The Languages of Italian Americans
    Nancy C. Carnevale

    15) Italian American Book Publishing and Book Selling
    James J. Periconi

    16) From Margins to Vanguard to Mainstream: Italian Americans and the Labor Movement
    Marcella Bencivenni

    17) The Sacco and Vanzetti Case and the Psychology of Political Violence
    Michael Topp

    18) A Diary in America and a Death in Rome Francesco Durante

    Part III - Becoming American and Contesting America

    19) The Bumpy Road Toward Political Incorporation, 1920-1984
    Stefano Luconi

    20) Italian Emigration, Remittances, and the Rise of Made-in-Italy
    Mark I. Choate

    21) Fascism and Anti-Fascism in Italian America
    Stanislao G. Pugliese

    22) World War II Changed Everything
    Dominic Candeloro

    23) Mothers and Daughters in Italian American Narratives
    Mary Jo Bona

    24) The Italian American Family and Transnational Circuits
    JoAnne Ruvoli

    25) Groovin’: A Riff on Italian Americans in Popular Music and Jazz
    John Gennari

    26) Italian Americans and the Cinema
    Giuliana Muscio

    27) Italian Americans and Television
    Anthony Julian Tamburri

    28) Italian Americans in Sport
    Lawrence Baldassaro

    29) Organized Crime and Italian Americans
    Antonio Nicaso

    Part IV - Postwar to Post-Ethnic?

    30) Italian Americans and Assimilation
    Richard Alba

    31) Italian Americans in the Suburbs: Transplanting Ethnicity to the Crabgrass Frontier
    Donald Tricarico

    32) "What Ever Happened to Little Italy?"
    Jerome Krase

    33) Italian American Femininities
    Ilaria Serra

    34) Italian American Masculinities
    Fred Gardaphé

    35) Fuori per sempre: The Coming Out of Gay and Lesbian Italian Americans
    George De Stefano

    36) Immigration from Italy since the 1990s
    Teresa Fiore

    37) Contemporary Italian American Identities
    Rosemary Serra

    38) The Orphanage: Encounters in Transnational Space
    Robert Viscusi

    The Future of Our Past

    Stanislao G. Pugliese


    William J. Connell is Professor and LaMotta Chair of History at Seton Hall University.

    Stanislao G. Pugliese is Professor of modern European history and the Queensboro UNICO Distinguished Professor of Italian and Italian American Studies at Hofstra University.

    Winner of the Italy-USA Fulbright Commission’s 75th anniversary prize

    "A marvelous history of people fundamental to the American mosaic, a history that is thoughtful, honest, passionate, and right for our times. The Routledge History of Italian Americans traces Italian immigrants from a newly unified nation that could not hold its people to thoroughly integrated Americans at all levels of society. It’s essential for understanding Americans in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries."

    • Nell Irvin Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, at Princeton University and author of The History of White People

    "Wide-ranging, with chapters that cover 500 years of history while addressing everything from politics, economy, culture, race, class, and gender to work, radicalism, religion, residence and everyday life, The Routledge History of Italian Americans belongs on the shelf of every scholar of Italian America and in every library serving Italian-Americans. Specialists will find enough of the latest research,  written by prominent scholars, to satisfy their very specific needs while newcomers to the topic can gain from the contributors’ obvious awareness of the needs of general readers in search of ‘the big picture.’ "

    • Donna Gabaccia, University of Toronto and author of Italy's Many Diasporas


    "The Routledge History of ltalian Americans is an important guide to Italian American life, identity, and culture for a new millennium."

    • Maddalena Marinari, Gustavus Adolphus College