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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-Jewish Intermarriage the Italian-American Spouse

Italian-Jewish Intermarriage the Italian-American Spouse

(p.98) Italian-Jewish Intermarriage the Italian-American Spouse
American Woman, Italian Style

Carol Bonomo Jennngs

Christine Palamidessi Moore

Fordham University Press

This chapter focuses on intermarriage patterns between Italian Americans and Jewish Americans, two groups exhibiting similar patterns. In the United States, intermarriage occurs between members of the dominant group and the minority group; or, there may be intermarriage between members of different minority groups. Most of the non-Italian spouses were either of Irish or German ancestry. In all likelihood Irish Americans supply the largest number of spouses. The report stated that over one-half of recent marriages that involved Jewish Americans were intermarriages. This rate of intermarriage is dramatic given the historical experiences of Jews. Intermarriages were banned and if such marriages occurred they often were treated as crimes. Intermarriage may be seen as a measure of acceptance, integration, and assimilation. For Italian-American parents and for Jewish-American parents as well, a strong resistance to intermarriage between their respective children may be seen as a rejection of American values and ideals.

Keywords:   Jewish Americans, Irish Americans, Italian Americans, intermarriage, American values, integration, assimilation, acceptance

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