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1st Edition

The Routledge History of Italian Americans

ISBN 9780415835831
Published October 5, 2017 by Routledge
692 Pages

USD $250.00

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.


"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