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10 Important Life Lessons – Children of Italian Immigrants

10  Important Life Lessons  Children of Italian Immigrants –


10. To Have Courage


Between 1861 and 1985, 29,036,000 Italians emigrated to other countries. Poverty was the main reason for their leaving. They risked everything in emigrating to a new country. Usually moving across the ocean at a time when Ocean Travel was precarious at best only to find that they had much Prejudice and hardship to overcome when they arrived. But they kept coming. Continually  trying to make a better life for themselves and their families.

The coming of World War II saw Italian Americans step permanently into the center of U.S. cultural life. Nearly one million Italian Americans served in the armed forces, about 5 percent of the Italian-American population, and millions more worked in war industries. As with many other immigrant groups, national service brought Italian Americans even greater social mobility, more access to education, and a higher profile in the nation’s popular imagination. According to one account, an Italian-American aircraft worker, Rose Bonavita, became the inspiration for a 20th-century icon, Rosie the Riveter.



2 Responses to “10 Important Life Lessons – Children of Italian Immigrants”

  1. I chuckled to myself when reading about “Cousins” my family came from Trenton, N.J. I traveled most of my like as a kid but i knew i always wanted to come HOME…Home where my mother and father’s people came from once a year we came home and it was as i never left. Cousins OMG!! We played,fought,cried, and laughed I wanted to touch all that was and is Italian and i didn’t want to marry anyone but Italian and i did!! united two large families my daughter had 102 relatives and i loved ever moment of being apart of this “family” most on gone but in an e-mail we always say hey cousin or love your cousin. Thanks for letting me share.

  2. My father’s parents came from italy.they were very poor. My dad told me a lot of stories my favorite one was when he was five his five brothers broke into a railroad car full of cans of spam and pinapples that were suppose to be delivered to the troops over seas during the war. They took these cans and buried them in their back yard. The city police came. The State Police came and the Conrad Police came and they couldn’t find the cans. So my dad ate so much pinapples and spam that when he got married and my mom went grocery shopping she wasn’t allowed to buy pineapples or spam. So it wasn’t until maybe 5 yrs ago that I had my first taste of spam and ironically I am allergic to pineapples.

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