Italian AmericansBy:BeckaBossons<br />
1492 The Americas were discovered by an Italian, Christopher Columbus.  <br />
In fact, the Americas were named after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci<br />
The majority of Italian American immigrants arrived from 1880-1914. <br />
They were trying to escape poverty in Italy.<br />
Many were unskilled peasants who had been living in Sicily.  <br />
In America they were only able to get jobs such as digging ditches, working on railroads and building roads.<br />
They settled mostly in the Northeast part of the country.<br />
To form communities, Italian Americans settled together in what became known as Little Italys.<br />
Many immigrants were men working to earn money and go back to Italy…<br />
Some sent for their families after earning enough to bring them over.<br />
Family is very important to Italian Americans.  <br />
Italian Americans are also known for their cuisine. <br />
Italian Americans were often discriminated against during the great migration.  Some were dark and were not allowed to att...
Italian Americans faced a lot of violence and even lynching.<br />
During World War 2, those who stayed true to Italy were put in internment camps.<br />
Today there are over 17 million Italian Americans.<br />
Very little discrimination exists for today’s Italian Americans.  <br />
Except stereotypes. Little Italys were know to be violent and Italians started being associated with the mob. <br />
Movies did not help this stereotype. <br />
TV shows did not either.<br />
Few Italian Americans make it in politics because of the stereotype.<br />
Many Italian Americans are angry at the way they are portrayed on the Jersey Shore.<br />
In reality, many Italian Americans are Christian. <br />
The majority are Catholic with the church’s headquarters in Rome.<br />
Italian Americans have assimilated. Intermarriage is a last step of assimilation and is common.<br />
Some traditions continue.  Such as Christmas eve’s feast of the 7 fishes.<br />
The tradition is to eat 7 different types of fish on Christmas Eve.<br />
Italian Americans, blending two cultures into one great one.<br />
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  1. 1. Italian AmericansBy:BeckaBossons<br />
  2. 2. 1492 The Americas were discovered by an Italian, Christopher Columbus. <br />
  3. 3. In fact, the Americas were named after the Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci<br />
  4. 4. The majority of Italian American immigrants arrived from 1880-1914. <br />
  5. 5. They were trying to escape poverty in Italy.<br />
  6. 6. Many were unskilled peasants who had been living in Sicily. <br />
  7. 7. In America they were only able to get jobs such as digging ditches, working on railroads and building roads.<br />
  8. 8. They settled mostly in the Northeast part of the country.<br />
  9. 9. To form communities, Italian Americans settled together in what became known as Little Italys.<br />
  10. 10. Many immigrants were men working to earn money and go back to Italy…<br />
  11. 11. Some sent for their families after earning enough to bring them over.<br />
  12. 12. Family is very important to Italian Americans. <br />
  13. 13. Italian Americans are also known for their cuisine. <br />
  14. 14. Italian Americans were often discriminated against during the great migration. Some were dark and were not allowed to attend white schools<br />
  15. 15. Italian Americans faced a lot of violence and even lynching.<br />
  16. 16. During World War 2, those who stayed true to Italy were put in internment camps.<br />
  17. 17. Today there are over 17 million Italian Americans.<br />
  18. 18. Very little discrimination exists for today’s Italian Americans. <br />
  19. 19. Except stereotypes. Little Italys were know to be violent and Italians started being associated with the mob. <br />
  20. 20. Movies did not help this stereotype. <br />
  21. 21. TV shows did not either.<br />
  22. 22. Few Italian Americans make it in politics because of the stereotype.<br />
  23. 23. Many Italian Americans are angry at the way they are portrayed on the Jersey Shore.<br />
  24. 24. In reality, many Italian Americans are Christian. <br />
  25. 25. The majority are Catholic with the church’s headquarters in Rome.<br />
  26. 26. Italian Americans have assimilated. Intermarriage is a last step of assimilation and is common.<br />
  27. 27. Some traditions continue. Such as Christmas eve’s feast of the 7 fishes.<br />
  28. 28. The tradition is to eat 7 different types of fish on Christmas Eve.<br />
  29. 29. Italian Americans, blending two cultures into one great one.<br />
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