Italian Immigration Essay
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