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Little Italy
by Emelise Aleandri
Publisher: Arcadia Pub 2002
Category: Non-fiction19th century20th centuryImmigrationNeighborhoods
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Often separated from other immigrants because of their language, Italian immigrants to New York City in the 1880s formed communities apart from their new neighbors. They tended to think of themselves collectively as a small Italian colony, La Colonia, that made up part of the demographics of the city. In each of the five boroughs, Italians set up many colonie. Several of them dotted Manhattan in East Harlem, the West Village, what is now SoHo, and the downtown area of the Lower East Side, straddling Canal Street, which still identifies Manhattanís Little Italy, the best-known Italian neighborhood in America. ÝÝLittle Italy is made up of stunning photographs culled from numerous private and public collections. It begins with the first phase of immigrants to Lower Manhattan in the early 1800s, including political and religious refugees such as Lorenzo Da Ponte and Giuseppe Garibaldi. In the 1870s, more and more Italian immigrants settled in Little Italy. As the neighborhood grew up around the former Anthony and Orange Streets, New Yorkís first ìLittle Italyî emerged. The tumultuous history of the Five Points area, the ìBloody Ole Sixth Ward,î and many faces and memories from the Italian newspapers LíEco díItalia and Il Progresso Italo-Americano are also included in this long-awaited pictorial history.

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