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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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Education in the Autobiographies of Four Italian Women Immigrants

Education in the Autobiographies of Four Italian Women Immigrants

(p.57) Education in the Autobiographies of Four Italian Women Immigrants
American Woman, Italian Style

Carol Bonomo Jennngs

Christine Palamidessi Moore

Fordham University Press

The Italian immigrants' documented limited presence — at times, absence — in the American schools was due to cultural heritage. The idea that Italians were far less likely than others to receive an extended education has been echoed by many scholars who stress the minimal school arrangements in rural southern Italy from which most Italian immigrants originally came, together with their propensity to return to their homeland. The educational interests that immigrant women expressed in both Italy and the United States were inevitably diverse but certainly remarkable. Although the stories of the lives of these four women in this chapter cannot be generalized, they may be used to widen the narrow picture of immigrant women in America.

Keywords:   Italian immigrants, Italy, United States, American schools, education, immigrant women

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