Alessandrini, Anthony Peter. Beyond the 'Godfather' image: the role of Italian-Americans in the development of America

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Title: Beyond the 'Godfather' image: the role of Italian-Americans in the development of America

Published in: The Italian Americans through the generations, edited by Rocco Caporale

Published By: The Italian Americans through the generations, edited by Rocco Caporale Staten Island, New York: American Italian Historical Association, 1986. 157-168 p.

By line: [by] Anthony Peter Alessandrini

HRAF Publication Information: New Haven, Conn.: HRAF, 2000. Computer File

Culture: Italian Americans (N010)

Subjects: Reviews and critiques (114); Theoretical orientation in research and its results (121); Ethos (181); Cultural identity and pride (186); Literature (538);

Abstract: The central theme of this paper is '...to show that generations of Italian-Americans can resolve their contradictory feelings about their ITALO-AMERICANITA only by learning about the whole Italian-American experience' (p. 157). Italian American history, according to Alessandrini, goes back several centuries before the recent period of migration to the United States and is intertwined in America with roots of the development of the new nation. The development of that experience and the realization of its importance had been increasingly obscured by the rise of the rather negative 'Godfather' image that emphasizes the more recent past and neglects much earlier history.

Document Number: 11

Document ID: n010-011

Document Type: Essay

Language: English

Note: Includes bibliography

Field Date: No date

Evaluation: Historian, Indigene-4,5

Analyst: John Beierle ; 1991

Coverage Date: not specified

Coverage Place: United States

LCSH: Italian Americans

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