Italian Americans were funneled into urban ghettos in two ways

Italian Americans were funneled into urban ghettos in two ways

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• Italian Americans were funneled into urban ghettos in two ways: 1) Most members of the the dominant group and other groups, such as the Irish and Germans, did not want to live in the same communities as the Italian immigrants. Many of them could afford better neighborhoods and left the poorer ones to the Italians. Because of their poverty and the prejudice against them, the Italians were forced into Little Italies. 2) Italian Americans wanted to be with their families, their relatives, and other compatriots (particularly those from the same region or district in Italy who spoke the same dialect). Such enclaves allowed Italian Americans to sustain themselves, and in the long run these colonies facilitated the assimilation process. They created and nurtured institutions centered on the family,
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Unformatted text preview: employment, mutual benefit organizations, and the Catholic Church that would support the immigrants in the new country. By the end of the nineteenth century, nativist stereotypes of the apelike Irish were giving way to negative stereotypes of southern and eastern European immigrants, especially those who were Catholics and Jews. Italian immigrants were scorned by nativists as dangerous, contemptible, inferior, and disloyal. Popular writers, scholars, and members of Congress warned of the peril of allowing these inferior stocks from Europe into the United States; it was held that newer immigrants would make Americans a mongrel race....
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This note was uploaded on 11/08/2011 for the course SCIE SYG2000 taught by Professor Bernhardt during the Fall '10 term at Broward College.

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