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Education in the Autobiographies of Four Italian Women Immigrants

Carol Bonomo Jennngs and Christine Palamidessi Moore

in American Woman, Italian Style

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780823231751
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823241286 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fordham/9780823231751.003.0005
Education in the Autobiographies of Four Italian Women Immigrants

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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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Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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