85 Facts About Italian Americans


Italian Americans are Americans who have full or partial Italian ancestry.

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The largest concentrations of Italian Americans are in the urban Northeast and industrial Midwestern metropolitan areas, with significant communities residing in many other major US metropolitan areas.

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

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

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Italian Americans 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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Italian Americans served in the American Revolutionary War both as soldiers and officers.

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

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

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Six Italian Americans received the Medal of Honor during the war, among whom was Colonel Luigi Palma di Cesnola, who later became the first Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York.

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

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Italian Americans 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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Italian Americans became increasingly involved in politics, government and the labor movement.

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

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An Italian Americans-born American infantryman, Michael Valente, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service.

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

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Italian Americans 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 Americans immigrants, performed regularly at the Metropolitan Opera and became internationally known.

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Italian Americans 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 Americans continued their significant involvement in the labor movement during this period.

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Italian Americans 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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The Italian Americans 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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Italian Americans took advantage of the new opportunities that generally became available to all in the post-war decades.

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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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Scores of Italian Americans became well known singers in the post-war period, including: Frank Sinatra, Mario Lanza, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine, Bobby Darin, Julius La Rosa, Connie Francis and Madonna.

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Italian Americans were active in professional sports as players, coaches and commissioners.

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Seven Italian Americans became Nobel Prize laureates in the post-war decades: Mario Capecchi, Renato Dulbecco, Riccardo Giacconi, Salvatore Luria, Franco Modigliani, Rita Levi Montalcini and Emilio G Segre.

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Italian Americans continued to serve with distinction in the military, with four Medal of Honor recipients in the Korean War and eleven in the Vietnam War, including Vincent Capodanno, a Catholic chaplain.

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Italian Americans had served with distinction in all of America's wars, and over thirty had been awarded the Medal of Honor.

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Over two dozen of Italian Americans 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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The U S Congress includes Italian Americans who are leaders in both the Republican and Democratic parties.

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All three Italian Americans aggressively fought to reduce crime in the city; each was known for his good relations with the city's powerful labor unions.

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Democrat Bill de Blasio, the third mayor of Italian Americans 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 Americans-born candidate for city comptroller, Procaccino lost the Italian Americans vote and only won his election due to support in Jewish voter precincts.

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Italian Americans have played a prominent role in the economy of the United States, and have founded companies of great national importance, such as Bank of America, Qualcomm, Subway, Home Depot and Airbnb among many others.

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Italian Americans have made important contributions to the growth of the U S economy through their business expertise.

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Italian Americans have served as CEO's of numerous major corporations, such as the Ford Motor Company and Chrysler Corporation by Lee Iacocca, IBM Corporation by Samuel Palmisano, Lucent Technologies by Patricia Russo, The New York Stock Exchange by Richard Grasso, Honeywell Incorporated by Michael Bonsignore and Intel by Paul Otellini.

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University of Chicago study of fifteen ethnic groups showed that Italian Americans were among those groups having the lowest percentages of divorce, unemployment, people on welfare and those incarcerated.

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Italian Americans have been responsible for major breakthroughs in virtually all fields of science, including engineering, medicine and physics.

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Nine Italian Americans, including a woman, have gone into space as astronauts: Wally Schirra, Dominic Antonelli, Charles Camarda, Mike Massimino, Richard Mastracchio, Ronald Parise, Mario Runco, Albert Sacco and Nicole Marie Passonno Stott.

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

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Works of a number of early Italian Americans-American authors and poets, born of immigrant parents, were published in the first half of the 20th century.

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

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Italian Americans'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 Americans'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 Americans American Writers Association, and is an author and American Book Award winner himself.

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Italian Americans have written not only about the Italian American experience but, indeed, the human experience.

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

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Religious Italian Americans 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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Presently, according to Census Bureau data, Italian Americans have an average high school graduation rate, and a higher rate of advanced degrees compared to the national average.

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

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However, the "Italian" with which Italian Americans are generally acquainted is often rooted in the Regional Italian and Italo-Dalmatian languages their immigrant ancestors brought from Italy to American, primarily southern Italian and Sicilian dialects of pre-unification Italy.

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Italian Americans'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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Italian Americans have profoundly influenced the eating habits of America.

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Typically, Italian Americans 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 Americans bought Il Progresso Italo-Americano in 1928 for $2 million; he doubled its circulation to 200, 000 in New York City, making it the largest Italian-language paper in the country.

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

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In 1951, members from NCWC, ACIM, as well as other Italian Americans joined in efforts to create an organization that specifically benefited and focused on assisting Italian immigrants.

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

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

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

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The stereotype of Italian Americans is the standardized mental image which has been fostered by the entertainment industry, especially through commercially successful movies like The Godfather, Goodfellas and Casino; and TV programs such as The Sopranos.

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Effective stereotyping of Italian Americans as being associated with organized crime was shown by a comprehensive study of Italian American culture on film, conducted from 1996 to 2001 by the Italic Institute of America.

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Communities of Italian Americans were established in most major industrial cities of the early 20th century, such as Baltimore, Maryland; New York City, New York; Newark, New Jersey; Boston, Massachusetts; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Hartford, Connecticut; Waterbury, Connecticut; New Haven, Connecticut; Providence, Rhode Island; St Louis, Missouri; Chicago, Illinois; Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Kansas City, Missouri.

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Many Italian Americans moved to the rapidly growing Western states, including Arizona, Colorado, Nevada and California.

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The Italian Americans-speaking community remains over 20, 000 strong, according to the census of 2000.

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However, the Italian Americans-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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Immediately after the Cold War period, Italian Americans further consolidated and solidified their status as members of the American mainstream.

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The Italian Americans 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 Americans influence.

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

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The influx of Italian Americans inhabitants has left a lasting mark on the area; many seminal Italian Americans American.

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Italian Americans dominated the inner core of the Hull House neighborhood, 1890s–1930s.

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Some other famous Italian Americans from Northeast Ohio included Anthony J Celebrezze, Ettore "Hector" Boiardi (Chef Boyardee), Frank Battisti (Federal Judge), and Dean Martin, born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio.

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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 Americans-owned vegetable and dairy farms located on open land east of Tampa's city limits.

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

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

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Italian Americans 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 Americans settlers have been located in cities and towns across Mississippi.

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