Italian Legacy in the Mother Lode.
It is well known
that from the 1880's to the 1940's, the Italians were among the largest
of the immigrant groups to settle in America. But less is known about
the earlier wave of Italians from northern Italy who established their
economic and cultural communities across the United States. It was in
California that their communities and enterprises flourished the most.
We have all benefited from their legacy. From our access to banking
services to the food we eat, we are all indebted to these pioneers for
the inheritance they have left us.
history of Italian 'enemy-aliens' in the USA during WWII.
visit www.aiha-wrc.org/ for information about Una
Storia Segreta (the words in Italian mean both "a secret story" and "a
secret history") was developed by the American Italian Historical
Association's Western Regional Chapter. It is dedicated to those who
endured the confusions and losses of World War II largely in silence.
By giving them voice now, we hope that others will be encouraged to
fill out this story further -- one we believe is not only worth
telling, but crucial to understanding what has shaped us all.
From the exhibit
published by the
Italian Historical Association.
Balloon for Italian
Distruggere la Democrazia!" (Democrazy needs Destroying).