Coming to America

Over 25 million Italians have emigrated between 1861 and 1960 with a migration boom between 1871 and 1915 when over 13,5 million emigrants left the country for European and overseas destinations.
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Coming to America

Postby Nikki4189 » 22 Apr 2011, 18:38

I have had many relatives that have come here from Sicily and Italy. I was wondering if anyone could tell me what they had to go through to get here. How long was the trip. (late 1800's very early 1900's). What kind of conditions did they have to deal with? How much luggage could you bring? I have seen some relatives go back and forth a few times and was wondering how would one be able to afford it, and why on earth would someone want to go on that journey over and over? What would be reasons to leave the homeland and everyone they knew? How were they treated once the got here? Would love some insight!

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Postby Naples13 » 06 May 2011, 04:18

I just finished a VERY good book full of insight on what the boat may have been like and what life was like in NYC for Italian Immigrants and a few reasons people came here.

http://www.amazon.com/Elizabeth-Street- ... 080&sr=1-1

Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano I know it seems like a very BIG book but it reads easy & fast.
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Re: Coming to America

Postby Tessa78 » 06 May 2011, 18:52

Elizabeth Street is a wonderful book...

For a non-fiction account of the "crossing" experience, and life in a tenement, an excellent and eye-opening book is:

Imported Americans: The Story of the Experiences of a Disguised American and His Wife Studying the Immigration Question

Published in 1904
Author is Broughton Brandenburg

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Re: Coming to America

Postby Naples13 » 08 May 2011, 23:53

Thank you, T...I will look that one up.
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Postby johnnyonthespot » 09 May 2011, 13:02

Tessa78 wrote:Elizabeth Street is a wonderful book...

For a non-fiction account of the "crossing" experience, and life in a tenement, an excellent and eye-opening book is:

Imported Americans: The Story of the Experiences of a Disguised American and His Wife Studying the Immigration Question

Published in 1904
Author is Broughton Brandenburg

T.


I just downloaded this as an (out-of-copyright) free eBook; it is available in multiple formats at http://www.archive.org/details/cu31924021182278. Having gotten through the first two chapters, I just want to say Thank You, Tess, for alerting me to what looks to be a great read.
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Re: Coming to America

Postby Tessa78 » 09 May 2011, 15:50

Prego, Carmine! :wink:

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Re: Coming to America

Postby ianiro » 11 May 2011, 06:46

"La Storia" is great book that covers a lot of what you want to know.

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Re: Coming to America

Postby Naples13 » 13 May 2011, 02:05

Do you know the author for "La Storia"?
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Re: Coming to America

Postby Tessa78 » 22 May 2011, 01:43

Authors of La Storia are Jerre Mangione & Ben Morreale :-)

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Re: Coming to America

Postby Naples13 » 23 May 2011, 04:48

Thank you! Found it! 8)
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