Italian Immigrants And The United States Essay

1085 Words Oct 7th, 2016 5 Pages
Southern Italians, upon receiving political, cultural, and social discrimination and mistreatment in their own home nation sought out a better life in the United States beginning in the early 1860s after Italy 's unification. Spurned by their own government, they came to America hoping that life would turn around for them. Unfortunately, this would prove not to be the case because until the end of the Second World War Southern Italian immigrants would face extreme discrimination by the American government and its citizens. The largest questions one should ask when attempting to understand this complicated history are: What factors led Southern Italians to feel it necessary to immigrate to America and why was the experience of Northern Italians so different? How were Southern Italian immigrants treated/discriminated against upon their arrival in the United States? Up until now, Italian American immigrant history has not been a particularly popular subject, studied by only a small handful of dedicated scholars. Most of the general population’s understanding of Italian immigration comes in the form of mafia themed media, such as popular films like The Godfather which depicts a very small section of the Italian immigrant population and shows these as being respected and financially secure. In general, Italians are now lumped together with the Caucasian race, and as such, it is imagined in the American mind that Italians of any kind did not receive any major form of…

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