Anti-Italianism: Essays on a Prejudice by William J. Connell

By William J. Connell

There has been a wierd reluctance at the a part of historians of the Italian American adventure to confront the discrimination confronted through Italians and american citizens of Italian ancestry. This quantity is a daring test by way of an esteemed crew of students and writers to debate the query brazenly by means of charting the ancient and cultural barriers of stereotypes, prejudice, and assimilation. participants supply a continual sequence of cultural encounters and studies in tv, literature, and picture that deserve the eye of someone attracted to the bigger issues of yank background.

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35 Why did the Italian republics fail? Adams uses the real history of Italy to tell the story of Shakespeare’s Italian tragedies all over again. As in Shakespeare, family honor, selfishness, corruption, and the absence (%6/)6%74)'873*-8%0-%2%1)6-'%246),-7836=    of a sense of community interest undermine the public trust, leading to tyrannies either of princes or of a small circle of aristocrats. To understand how to avoid the fate of the Italian republics, Adams urged young Americans to learn to read Italian.

William J. , Renaissance Civic Humanism: Reappraisals and Reflections, (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), 14–29. 34. See especially The Federalist, no. 10. 35. , 3rd ed. (1797; rpt. Union, NJ: Lawbook Exchange, 2002). 36. Adams, Defence, 2: 444–45. 37. , Venice Reconsidered: The History and Civilization of an Italian City-State (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000), 185–216, argues that the view of the Venetian regime as tyrannical dates from the early seventeenth century.

The commission consisted of three senators, three representatives, and three presidential appointees; it was chaired by Senator William P. Dillingham, who favored immigration restriction, and took more than 3 years and issued 41 volumes of findings. S. Immigration Bureau published their purportedly “objective and scientific” study, concluding that the “new” immigrants were harder to assimilate, prone to crime and disease, less literate, and were decidedly less desirable than northern Europeans.

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