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Carol Bonomo Albright and Christine Palamidessi Moore

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780823231751

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.001.0001

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Italian Women in America: Sources For Study

Italian Women in America: Sources For Study

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(p.337) Italian Women in America: Sources For Study
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American Woman, Italian Style
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Carol Bonomo Jennngs

Christine Palamidessi Moore

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.003.0032

In the period of greatest immigration, from 1830 to 1920, women accounted for approximately one-third of all the Europeans arriving in the United States. Materials on the immigration experiences of Italian women emerge more readily than those of some other groups. After unification, their country's central government collected statistics on movements in and out of the various regions, thus providing better information at the departure point than for many others who, because of fluctuating geographical boundaries and multinational backgrounds, had to await classification at debarkation in the United States. Migratory female workers in Italy generally labored in the fields, but large numbers of other women did manufacturing-type tasks, often in their own homes. Fictional accounts of Italian families in America describe different sections of the country and time periods. Few biographies exist of Italian immigrant women.

Keywords:   immigration, Italian women, female workers, Italian families, America, biographies

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