The Little Italies of the Early 1900s

From the Reports of Amy Bernardy

Authored by: Maddalena Tirabassi

The Routledge History of Italian Americans

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415835831
eBook ISBN: 9780203501856
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“Little Italies never die.” So writes the urban sociologist Jerome Krase, who has dedicated years of research and numerous publications to this theme. 1 The first question that I would like to pose in this context is why Little Italies endured in such an iconic way, while the other ethnic neighborhoods born of the Great Migration proved so short-lived.

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