In 1974 Richard Gambino, together with Ernest Falbo and Bruno Arcudi, founded Italian Americana. This historical and cultural journal followed the wave of interest in Italian Americans that had been building in the previous decade and that became particularly strong that year owing to Gambino's book, Blood of My Blood: The Dilemma of the Italian-Americans. He elucidated the culture of the family and community in the lives of Italian Americans and wove personal experiences “typical and illustrative of the Italian-American saga” through his historical and sociological scholarship. Already in the late 1960s, a small group of Italian-American scholars had met at the initiative of Rudolph Vecoli to discuss forming an academic association devoted to Italian-American studies. This resulted in the founding of the American Italian Historical Association in 1969. This book acts as glosses on the classics of Italian-American literature.
Keywords: Richard Gambino, Ernest Falbo, Bruno Arcudi, Italian Americana, Italian Americans, Blood of My Blood, Rudolph Vecoli, Italian-American studies, American Italian Historical Association, Italian-American literature
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