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Immigrant Women

Ilaria Serra

in The Value of Worthless Lives

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2007 | ISBN: 9780823226788
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235032 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5422/fso/9780823226788.003.0006
Immigrant Women

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It is rare to find women's voices among immigrant autobiographies. In the early years, there were fewer female than male immigrants, although the proportion increased steadily over the century, comprising a third of the total immigrants in the 1830s but more than half of the total after the 1930s. The sample of these women seems to follow that pattern. Only two of them, Rosa Cavalleri and Bruna Pieracci, belong to the earlier type of peasant immigrants. Anna Yona and Amalia Santacaterina were wives of political refugees, a Jew and a Socialist, who emigrated during Fascism. The majority of the women—Giuseppina Liarda Macaluso, Leonilde Frieri Ruberto, Elvezia Marcucci, Elisabeth Evans, and Maria Bottiglieri—belonged to the wave of U.S. immigration after World War II. Evans and Bottiglieri were war wives, married to American soldiers. Even though they belonged to different times and recounted different stories, these immigrant women touch similar themes.

Keywords: Rosa Cavalleri; Bruna Pieracci; Anna Yona; Amalia Santacaterina; Giuseppina Liarda Macaluso; Leonilde Frieri Ruberto; Elvezia Marcucci; immigrants; women

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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