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28/10/2009 11:00:00 Italian Americans Columbus DiMaggio Pelosi, Giuliani Italy Fairly late to unify- 1860’s Identified with city state o First wave 1820-1870  Mostly middle class o Second wave 1880s Very large numbers of very poor people ( southern Italy)  generally poor and peasant Push factors Economic Most land not owned by catholic church was  expensive Series of natural disasters o Crop failure o Citrus crop failure Men coming- “birds of passage” o Early 1900’s more families coming over Coming in through Ellis Island o L’isola delle Lacrime- island of tears o Different inspection than angel island- Ellis island numbers were  coming through so fast would see doctors for 2 minutes Medical gaze Digenetics o Society no stronger than its gene pool
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Stayed in north o Didn’t migrate to other parts of country Language Easier to go back to Italy if they stayed in New York and Boston
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