What is the first thing you associate to                Italians?                  Cannoli?                    Spaghetti w...
Or perhaps …
Or is it …. ?
We’ll learn about•   Italy’s contribution to American culture•   Italy’s history from unification in 1861•   Geography•   ...
Italians are the fourth largest European group in USA
About 5.5 million Italians immigrated   to the U.S. from 1820 to 2004
4 million Italians came to the US between 1880 and 192080% came from Southern Italy
Southern Italians went to North AmericaNorthern Italian emigrated to Southern America
Primary causes for emigration             (1898-1914)• Lack of modernization in agricultural system• Disease destroyed cro...
The invention of steamship gave           impetus to emigration.•   Enlisting laborers•   arranging travel documents•   bo...
Factors that might have influenced the      choice of the destination:• Previous immigrant  flows• Information from the  “...
Most immigrants where non skilled            workers
The project of their stay influenced the        choice of occupation: •   Masons •   Stonecutters •   Barbers •   Shoemake...
Most immigrants were from rural areas but settled in cities and suburbs forming “little Italies”
The unification of Italy took place in                 1861.• Until Fascism promoted the idea of a unified  nation within ...
In only a couple of decades Italians have excelled in all fields of endeavor                   …• Italian American directo...
Francis Ford Coppola
Martin Charles Scorsese
Quentin Jerome Tarantino
The Italian-American communities  have often been characterized bystrong ties with the Catholic Church…
…fraternal organizations…
…and family.
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Ita cult week 1

  1. 1. What is the first thing you associate to Italians? Cannoli? Spaghetti with meatballs?
  2. 2. Or perhaps …
  3. 3. Or is it …. ?
  4. 4. We’ll learn about• Italy’s contribution to American culture• Italy’s history from unification in 1861• Geography• Identity issues• Regional linguistic differences• Italian art• Italian literature• Italian cinema …and much more!
  5. 5. Italians are the fourth largest European group in USA
  6. 6. About 5.5 million Italians immigrated to the U.S. from 1820 to 2004
  7. 7. 4 million Italians came to the US between 1880 and 192080% came from Southern Italy
  8. 8. Southern Italians went to North AmericaNorthern Italian emigrated to Southern America
  9. 9. Primary causes for emigration (1898-1914)• Lack of modernization in agricultural system• Disease destroyed crops at end of the 1800s• Economy cannot compete with foreign products invading the Italian market• Price of wheat fell drastically
  10. 10. The invention of steamship gave impetus to emigration.• Enlisting laborers• arranging travel documents• booking passengers• lending money for the trip• selling the emigrant’s land and housebecame an important source of income
  11. 11. Factors that might have influenced the choice of the destination:• Previous immigrant flows• Information from the “new countries”• (supposed) Job opportunities
  12. 12. Most immigrants where non skilled workers
  13. 13. The project of their stay influenced the choice of occupation: • Masons • Stonecutters • Barbers • Shoemakers • Seamstresses
  14. 14. Most immigrants were from rural areas but settled in cities and suburbs forming “little Italies”
  15. 15. The unification of Italy took place in 1861.• Until Fascism promoted the idea of a unified nation within one state, people felt a stronger tie to their “paese” (town) than to the “Stivale” (boot).• Most immigrants came to the US before the advent of Fascism.• Most were illiterate and the “national” heritage meant nothing to them.
  16. 16. In only a couple of decades Italians have excelled in all fields of endeavor …• Italian American directors and producers: Nicola Kim Coppola
  17. 17. Francis Ford Coppola
  18. 18. Martin Charles Scorsese
  19. 19. Quentin Jerome Tarantino
  20. 20. The Italian-American communities have often been characterized bystrong ties with the Catholic Church…
  21. 21. …fraternal organizations…
  22. 22. …and family.

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