Italian Immigration Essay

1813 Words Oct 26th, 2003 8 Pages
After experiencing hardships like poverty, a series of natural disasters, civil war and oppression from Northern Italy the Southern Italians started coming to America in flocks between 1876 and 1976. The most concentrated migrations of Italians happened between 1880 and 1920. Italians came to America not to escape these hardships, but to work and send money home to Italy in order to get their families out of poverty. Seventy percent of Italian immigrants were men and less than ten percent of them worked in agriculture, a sign that their stay in America was a temporary one. While here they worked in factories, construction and opened businesses. Coming to America, Italians were faced with racism, poverty, discrimination, corrupt …show more content…
Italians like Angelo, although intelligent and hard working, would earn reputations of being lazy, dirty and ignorant. Nonetheless, Angelo and his roommates worked hard, stayed proud of their culture and never lost sight of their goals.
In 1912 Angelo bought a home in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He would become one of the thirty percent of Italian Immigrants who would not return home to the "Old Country," known as Italy. In 1914 he sent for his fiancé, Antionette. They were married on August the 16th 1914. Their house was a two family but the other side would not be rented out for about three and a half more decades. They had nine children altogether; three boys and six girls, two of the girls were twins. All of their children with the exception of their youngest daughter, Edith would be born in that house.
Although times were rough, it was not as bad for the Rugilo family as it was for others. It was not uncommon for an eleven-person family to live in a one or two room apartment with no windows. These families had high rates of diseases, women and child mortality rates due to every thing from anemia to tuberculosis to cholera. Unfortunately, the Rugilo's could not avoid becoming a victim of the infant mortality rate. The twins died at the age of four months. Inadequate health care at the time led to a diagnosis of "poisoned breast-milk" as Antionette was startled by a dog the previous day.
Unlike other families, all the children in the

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