New York at Mid-Century: The Impellitteri Years

Synopsis

This volume traces the rise of New York's Italian Americans from turn-of-the-century peripheral positions to center stage in politics by 1950, when the electorate was called upon to choose among three Italian-born mayoral candidates. Impellitteri's victory as the first independent to win the city mayorality without the support of a major party was a historic political development. He became mayor when the city faced mounting demands for increased services with limited financial resources, and was tainted by searing city-based scandals. This book recounts how Impellitteri, an immigrant and shoemaker's son, dealt with these myriad problems and helped transform New York during a critical historical period.