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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 Africa

The Italian Language Press and Africa

(p.37) 2 The Italian Language Press and Africa
A Great Conspiracy against Our Race

Peter G. Vellon

NYU Press

This chapter examines how mainstream and radical newspapers employed Africa as a trope for savage behavior by analyzing their discussion of wage slavery, imperialism, lynching, and colonialism, in particular Italian imperialist ventures into northern Africa in the 1890s and Libya in 1911–1912. The Italian language press constructed Africa as a sinister, dark continent, representing the lowest rung of the racial hierarchy. In expressing moral outrage over American violence and discrimination against Italians, the press utilized this image of Africa to emphatically convey its shock and disgust. This dialogue would reveal much about the press's racial vocabulary, especially as it would relate to its initial, empathetic account of African Americans.

Keywords:   Africa, African Americans, Italian imperialist ventures, Italian language press, racial hierarchy, discrimination against Italians, racial vocabulary

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