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A Great Conspiracy against Our RaceItalian Immigrant Newspapers and the Construction of Whiteness in the Early 20th Century$
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Peter G. Vellon

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780814788486

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814788486.001.0001

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The Italian Language Press and the Creation of an Italian Racial Identity

The Italian Language Press and the Creation of an Italian Racial Identity

(p.15) 1 The Italian Language Press and the Creation of an Italian Racial Identity
A Great Conspiracy against Our Race

Peter G. Vellon

NYU Press

This chapter provides a glimpse into the Italian communities of New York City in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, by mapping out where Italian immigrants lived, the cultural institutions and networks they built, and the types of employment they found. Moreover, it provides a detailed breakdown of the multifaceted Italian language press in New York City and its impact and importance for the immigrant community. Examining the role of prominenti such as Carlo Barsotti, the chapter argues that Italian language newspapers played a vital role in shaping immigrant attitudes toward race, color, civilization, class, and identity. The press had united the provincial Neapolitans, Sicilians, and Calabrians—among whom the social, cultural, and educational divides from back home had persisted even in a new country—into a single Italian consciousness.

Keywords:   New York City, Italian communities, Italian consciousness, Carlo Barsotti, Italian language press, immigrant attitudes, Italian immigrants, prominenti

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