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Unformatted text preview: these were U.S. born. Counting both first and second ancestries listed by respondents in the census 2000 supplementary survey, the census bureau estimated that there were 15.9 million Italian Americans in 2000, making them one of the largest ancestry groups in the United States. Most immigrants worked as unskilled laborers, often on transportation systems such as canals and railroads and on water and sewer systems. Pay was low, and individuals as well as families were usually poor. Segregated in Little Italy ghettos within cities, Italian immigrants and their children frequently faced economic, political, and social discrimination....
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