The Italians of New York: A Survey

The Italians of New York: A Survey

The Italians of New York: A Survey

The Italians of New York: A Survey

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After reading the pages of this book I could not help but exult in the pageant of contributions and achievements of New York's Italians, for I too am Italian. I have come to know personally many of those mentioned in the book, having grown up with them in this city. Of the others, I have often heard or read with enormous pride which, I confess, springs from the fact that so many of them were merely hopeful immigrants who once passed through Ellis Island into the promised land as I did. Theirs, in a sense, is another chapter in the greater story of New York, so rightly called the door to the melting pot of the world.

These contributions, I hasten to add, are of course not exclusively those of immigrant Italians, but of their American-born children as well. It is their link to the land of Dante, da Vinci, Mazzini, Garibaldi and Marconi, as well as their contribution to the advancement of this metropolis of ours that this book records. But what are the facts?

Turning to history for our answer, we learn from . . .

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