Italian Women in America: Sources For Study

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:
Italian Women in America: Sources For Study

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In the period of greatest immigration, from 1830 to 1920, women accounted for approximately one-third of all the Europeans arriving in the United States. Materials on the immigration experiences of Italian women emerge more readily than those of some other groups. After unification, their country's central government collected statistics on movements in and out of the various regions, thus providing better information at the departure point than for many others who, because of fluctuating geographical boundaries and multinational backgrounds, had to await classification at debarkation in the United States. Migratory female workers in Italy generally labored in the fields, but large numbers of other women did manufacturing-type tasks, often in their own homes. Fictional accounts of Italian families in America describe different sections of the country and time periods. Few biographies exist of Italian immigrant women.

Keywords: immigration; Italian women; female workers; Italian families; America; biographies

Chapter.  4771 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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