SOURCE: Washington Post
When Italian Immigrants were Tricked into Debt Peonage in the Jim Crow South
A labor agency in Mississippi experimented with a creative, if evil, solution to the problem of Black demands for labor rights at the turn of the 20th century: trick Italian farmers to sign contracts that shackled them with debt to their employers.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
"Many Saints" Misses Chance to Tell Key Moment of Newark History
by Mary Rizzo and Whitney Strub
The Sopranos prequel misses the chance to tell a rich story about the ethnic rivalries in Newark's city politics that unfolded in the 1960s.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
Why New York’s Mob Mythology Endures
by Adam Gopnik
"Generally, in Mob stories, the cute bits are not real, and the real bits are not cute. Given that grim truth, there’s something to be said for just shutting your eyes and repeating the cute bits." Some new books on the Mafia unfortunately follow the pattern.
Philadelphia Historical Commission Votes To Remove Marconi Plaza Christopher Columbus Statue
Advocates for the statue's removal noted that Columbus has come to sybolize white supremacy, colonialism, and genocide and that there are better figures or stories that exemplify Italian American culture to celebrate.
SOURCE: Cleveland Plain Dealer
The Rap Against Christopher Columbus Statues Overlooks Their Origins
by Jonathan Zimmerman
The great achievement of the 20th-century United States was the integration of formerly excluded ethnics -- Italians, Irish, Jews, and others -- into full citizenship and equality. And the great tragedy was our failure to do the same for nonwhites, especially African Americans and Native Americans.
SOURCE: NY Times
How Italians Became ‘White’
by Brent Staples
Italians who had come to the country as “free white persons” were often marked as black because they accepted “black” jobs in the Louisiana sugar fields or because they chose to live among African-Americans.
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