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

By William J. Connell

There has been a strange reluctance at the a part of historians of the Italian American event to confront the discrimination confronted via Italians and americans of Italian ancestry. This quantity is a daring try by way of an esteemed workforce of students and writers to debate the query brazenly via charting the old and cultural limitations of stereotypes, prejudice, and assimilation. participants provide a continuing sequence of cultural encounters and reports in tv, literature, and movie that deserve the eye of an individual attracted to the bigger issues of yank heritage.

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31. , Shakespeare’s Italy: Functions of Italian Location in Renaissance Drama (Manchester, England: University of Manchester Press, 1997). 32. J. G. A. Pocock, The Machiavellian Moment: Florentine Political Thought and the Atlantic Republican Tradition, rev. ed. (1975; Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2003). 33. 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.

Liberty wears a white face in Aldrich’s vision of an America whose greatness was being sapped by “swarthy” undesirables. 26 Although recent scholars have grown accustomed to using the phrase “inbetween” to describe Italian racial status in America, the concept was already being used in the contemporary press of the 1890s. ” The newspaper theorized that the southern Italian, “is as it were a    4)8)6:)0032 link connecting the white and black races. ”27 Ironically, what David Roediger has called the “confusion of inbetweeness” carried over to the southern African American press.

3 A friend named Ward informed Defina that on the night of the lynching, a crowd from Tallulah was headed to Millikens Bend to lynch him as well. Ward pleaded with the crowd to spare Defina’s life and was told he should warn Defina that he had 24 hours to leave the area or suffer the consequences. The next day, another friend of Defina, Dr. Ganes, informed the Italian that he learned in Tallulah the deadline had been shortened to two hours. 4 Seeking assistance from the Italian Consulate, Defina brought a list that he had been given by two African American brothers of the 19 persons who had threatened to lynch him.

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