64 Facts About Italian American


The Italian American community has often been characterized by strong ties to family, the Catholic Church, fraternal organizations, and political parties.

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Italian American's statue, commissioned by the state of Arizona, is displayed in the United States Capitol Visitor Center.

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The Wythe House, a historic Georgian home built in Williamsburg, Virginia in 1754, was designed by architect Richard Taliaferro for his son-in-law, Italian American Founding Father George Wythe, who married Richard's daughter Elizabeth Taliaferro.

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Italian American published a pamphlet containing the phrase: "All men are by nature equally free and independent", which Jefferson incorporated essentially intact into the Declaration of Independence.

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Francesco Maria Scala, an Italian-born naturalized American citizen, was one of the most important and influential directors of the U S Marine Band, from 1855 to 1871, and was credited with the instrumental organization the band still maintains.

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Italian American Jesuits founded numerous missions, schools and two colleges in the west.

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The Italian American Jesuits laid the foundation for the wine-making industry that would later flourish in California.

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Italian American is credited by many researchers with being the first to demonstrate the principle of the telephone in a patent caveat he submitted to the U S Patent Office in 1871; however, considerable controversy existed relative to the priority of invention, with Alexander Graham Bell being accorded this distinction.

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In 1886, Rabbi Sabato Morais, a Jewish Italian American immigrant, was one of the founders and first president of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York.

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Vincenzo Botta was a distinguished professor of Italian American at New York University from 1856 to 1894, and Gaetano Lanza was a professor of mechanical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for over 40 years, beginning in 1871.

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Francis B Spinola, the first Italian American to serve a full term in Congress, was elected in 1887 from New York.

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Unskilled immigrants found employment primarily in low-wage manual-labor jobs and, if unable to find jobs on their own, turned to the padrone system whereby Italian American middlemen found jobs for groups of men and controlled their wages, transportation, and living conditions for a fee.

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Destinations of many of the Italian American immigrants were not only the large cities of the East Coast, but more remote regions of the country, such as Florida and California.

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Italian American founded the Bank of Italy, which later became the Bank of America.

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Italian American conductors contributed to the early success of the Metropolitan Opera of New York, but it was the arrival of impresario Giulio Gatti-Casazza in 1908, who brought with him conductor Arturo Toscanini, that made the Met an internationally known musical organization.

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The Italian American community wholeheartedly supported the war effort and its young men, both American-born and Italian-born, enlisted in large numbers in the American Army.

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Italian American was the first Catholic to receive a major party presidential nomination, as Democratic candidate for president in 1928.

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Italian American lost Protestant strongholds in the South, but energized the Democratic vote in immigrant centers across the entire North.

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Rosa Ponselle and Dusolina Giannini, daughters of Italian American immigrants, performed regularly at the Metropolitan Opera and became internationally known.

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Italian American cartoonists were responsible for some of the most popular animated characters: Donald Duck was created by Al Taliaferro, Woody Woodpecker was a creation of Walter Lantz, Casper the Friendly Ghost was co-created by Joseph Oriolo, and Tom and Jerry was co-created by Joseph Barbera.

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Italian American businessmen specialized in growing and selling fresh fruits and vegetables, which were cultivated on small tracts of land in the suburban parts of many cities.

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Italian American companies were major importers of Italian wines, processed foods, textiles, marble and manufactured goods.

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Italian American was joined at Los Alamos by Emilio Segre, one of his colleagues from Italy, who was destined to receive the Nobel Prize in physics.

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Much of the Italian American population was concentrated in urban areas where the new war materiel plants were located.

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Many Italian American women took war jobs, such as Rose Bonavita, who was recognized by President Roosevelt with a personal letter commending her for her performance as an aircraft riveter.

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The Italian American enclaves were sometimes abandoned by members of the younger generation who chose to live in other urban areas and in the suburbs.

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Those that became U S senators included: John Pastore of Rhode Island, who was the first Italian American elected to the Senate in 1950; Pete Domenici, who was elected to the U S Senate from New Mexico in 1972, and served six terms; Patrick Leahy, who was elected to the U S Senate from Vermont in 1974, and has served continuously since then; and Alfonse D'Amato, who served as U S Senator from New York from 1981 to 1999.

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Seven Italian American players won the Heisman Trophy: Angelo Bertelli of Notre Dame, Alan Ameche of Wisconsin, Gary Beban of UCLA, Joe Bellino of Navy, John Cappelletti of Penn State, Gino Torretta and Vinny Testaverde of Miami.

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Over two dozen of Italian American descent had been elected as state governors including, most recently, Paul Cellucci of Massachusetts, John Baldacci of Maine, Janet Napolitano of Arizona and Donald Carcieri of Rhode Island.

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Since its founding in 1975, the National Italian American Foundation has worked closely with the bicameral and bipartisan Italian American Congressional Delegation, which is led by co-chairs Rep.

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Democrat Bill de Blasio, the third mayor of Italian American ancestry, served as the 109th mayor of New York City for two terms, from 2014 to 2021.

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In 1965, when New York Democrats backed Mario Procaccino, an Italian American-born candidate for city comptroller, Procaccino lost the Italian American vote and only won his election due to support in Jewish voter precincts.

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Italian American neighborhoods proved attractive to midwives, women who trained in Italy before coming to America.

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Mussolini was popular with readers and subsidized some papers, so when he expanded the electorate to include some women voting at the local level, the Italian American editorialists applauded him, arguing that the true Italian woman was, above all, a mother and a wife and, therefore, would be reliable as a voter on local matters but only in Italy.

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Consequently, the second half of the 20th century was a period in which Italian American women excelled in virtually all fields of endeavor.

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Italian American's is best known for her series of biographies of 19th-century English writers.

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Italian American's was a frequent translator of classic Italian works into English, and published several romantic novels set during historical events.

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Italian American's is especially interested in showing how authors portrayed the many configurations of family relationships, from the early immigrant narratives of journeying to a new world, through novels that stress intergenerational conflicts, to contemporary works about the struggle of modern women to form nontraditional gender roles.

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At Brooklyn College, Dr Robert Viscusi founded the Italian American Writers Association, and is an author and American Book Award winner himself.

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In Boston's North End, the Italian American immigrants celebrate the "Feast of all Feasts" Saint Anthony's Feast.

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Religious Italian American Jews integrated into existing Jewish communities without difficulty, especially in Sephardic communities; and those who were secular found Jewish secular institutions in the United States ready to welcome them.

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The official Italian American taught in schools is Standard Italian American, which is based on 14th century literary Florentine.

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Italian American's provided the impetus for the program's birth in 2006 and is currently attempting to secure funding and teachers to reinstate the program.

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Typically, Italian American feasts consist of festive communal meals, religious services, games of chance and skill and elaborate outdoor processions consisting of statues resplendent in jewels and donations.

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Italian American purchased additional papers in New York and Philadelphia, which became the chief source of political, social, and cultural information for the community.

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Italian American served as chairman of the Italian Division of the Democratic National Committee in 1936, and helped persuade the president to take a neutral attitude over Italy's invasion of Ethiopia.

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Italian American broke with Mussolini in 1941 and enthusiastically supported the American war effort.

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Journalist asked a West Coast construction boss if the Italian American was a white man, to which the boss replied: “No sir, an Italian American is a Dago”.

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Italian American stereotypes abounded as a means of justifying the maltreatment of the immigrants.

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Between 1890 and 1920, Italian American neighborhoods were often depicted as violent and controlled by criminal networks.

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The Italian American immigrants congregated along Mulberry Street in Manhattan's Little Italy to celebrate San Gennaro as the Patron Saint of Naples.

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However, the Italian American-speaking community is becoming "increasingly elderly and isolated, with the small, tight-knit enclaves they built around the city slowly disappearing as they give way to demographic changes".

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The Italian American government did not want foreigners entering during an intense period of history, especially those immigrating to New York City.

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The Italian American Market is the popular name for the South 9th Street Curb Market, an area of Philadelphia featuring many grocery shops, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, cheese shops, and butcher shops, many with an Italian American influence.

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The term Italian American Market is used to describe the surrounding neighborhood between South Street to the North and Wharton Street to the South running a few blocks to the east and west of 9th Street.

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The Italian American Market was featured on a Season-5 episode of the television show It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

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Chicago's Italian American experience begins with the mass migration from the shores of southern Italy, the Hull House experiment, the Great Depression, World War II, and the machinations behind the physical demise of a neighborhood by the University of Illinois in 1963.

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Many founded businesses to serve cigar workers, most notably small grocery stores in the neighborhood's commercial district supplied by Italian American-owned vegetable and dairy farms located on open land east of Tampa's city limits.

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The tradition of local Italian American-owned groceries continued and a handful of such businesses founded in the late 1800s were still operating into the 21st century.

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The Italian American Planning Association has named North Beach as one of ten 'Great Neighborhoods in America'.

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The traditional center of Los Angeles' Italian American community, was the area north of the historic Los Angeles Plaza.

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Italian American miners created the pepperoni roll, a popular snack throughout the region.

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Italian American was the second-in-command of Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, who established Detroit in 1701.

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Since the 18th and mainly the 19th century, Italian American settlers have been located in cities and towns across Mississippi.

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