Chapter

“A Wife in Waiting”

Elizabeth Zanoni

in New Italian Migrations to the United States

Published by University of Illinois Press

Published in print March 2017 | ISBN: 9780252040955
Published online September 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780252099496 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5406/illinois/9780252040955.003.0004
“A Wife in Waiting”

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Family reunification provisions of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 (the McCarran-Walter Act) allowed ethnic women, for the first time, to sponsor the migration of their alien husbands and children outside the limited quota slots for Southern and Eastern Europeans. This chapter explores advice columns in New York’s Il Progresso Italo-Americano to examine the gendered implications of the 1952 act on postwar Italian migration. The 1952 act granted Italian women a new and controversial visibility in the Italian-language press and in the larger ethnic community as instigators of immigration. During the 1950s, this chapter argues, advice columns about the 1952 act turned into platforms for both exalting and policing Italian women’s roles in initiating postwar migrations, marriages, and families.

Keywords: advice columns; family reunification; Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952; McCarran-Walter Act; Italian women; Il Progresso Italo-Americano

Chapter.  11018 words. 

Subjects: Migration Studies

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