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The Resource The Italian American family album, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler ; introduction by Governor Mario M. Cuomo

The Italian American family album, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler ; introduction by Governor Mario M. Cuomo

Label
The Italian American family album
Title
The Italian American family album
Statement of responsibility
Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler ; introduction by Governor Mario M. Cuomo
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
An Italian immigrant says, "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". Against all odds - a new language, new customs, and the ethnic slurs and catcalls of prejudice - Italian Americans paved the streets, rolled the cigars, sewed the clothes, cooked the meals, and did all manner of backbreaking work to build a new life in Lamerica, the land of success. The Italian American Family Album brings us into the heart of those immigrants' experiences. Through diaries, letters, interviews, and articles from magazines and newspapers, we share the ordeals and the triumphs of the Italian American first setting foot on his new homeland. These personal accounts and family photographs of scores of Italian American families tell inspiring and courageous stories of hardship and suffering. In the late 19th and early 20th century, the journey across the Atlantic was remembered by many as the via dolorosa, the "sorrowful way". And even after arriving in the new homeland and successfully getting through immigration, finding a job and a place to live and learning new ways of doing almost everything were a challenge. But there was joy in the new country, as well. The new arrivals were embraced by a community of fellow Italians with a grand sense of humor, an intense appreciation of music, and an even greater appreciation of good food. Life for the newcomer was full of old traditions and pleasure, and we hear firsthand how the old ways endured even as new philosophies and customs were embraced daily. Through the stories ofthe children of those early immigrants - writers Gay Talese and John Ciardi, entertainers like Tony Bennett, baseball great Yogi Berra, and others not famous but still proud to call themselves Italian Americans - we see how family pride and strong ties to the old country survive even today. As Governor Mario Cuomo says in his introduction: "I have always been intensely proud that I am the son of Italian immigrants and that my Italian heritage helped make me the man I am". That pride and the unique experiences of the early Italian Americans are an integral part of our country's history. Through the memories and photographs from the albums of generations of Italian families we meet real people, cut of the same cloth as we are - a many-colored and multitextured cloth of ethnic customs, languages, traditions, and memories. We are a nation of immigrants, and The Italian American Family Album belongs to each of us
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
YN973.0451
LC item number
.H66it
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
American family albums
Target audience
juvenile
Label
The Italian American family album, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler ; introduction by Governor Mario M. Cuomo
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 123) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
29594450
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
127 pages
Isbn
9780195091243
Isbn Type
(trade ed. : alk. paper)
Lccn
93046918
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map
Label
The Italian American family album, Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler ; introduction by Governor Mario M. Cuomo
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 123) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
29594450
Dimensions
29 cm.
Extent
127 pages
Isbn
9780195091243
Isbn Type
(trade ed. : alk. paper)
Lccn
93046918
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map

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