- Annotated Bibliography - p. 2
- Amfitheatrof, Erik.
The Children of Columbus: An Informal History of the Italians
in the New World. Boston: Little, Brown and
- Amfitheatrof’s book describes the first
Italian explorers who came to the Americas and it presents a historical
account of rural Italy. His book is also about Italian-Americans both
unassuming and distinguished, whose experience is key in the development of
the United States. This work dispels the many Italian-American stereotypes
that exist in our nation.
- Balboni, Alan Richard.
Beyond the Mafia: Italian Americans and the Development of
Las Vegas. Reno: University of Nevada
- Balboni’s work describes how
Italian-Americans who were not involved in illegal operations contributed to
the development of Las Vegas from a desert town into a well-known resort
city. This book provides a detailed explanation of the Italian-American
experience in a wide range of civic, professional and business activities.
- Banfield, Edward, C. The Moral Basis
of a Backward Society. New York: The Free Press, 1958.
- Banfield’s book The Moral Basis of a
Backward Society describes a Southern Italian town in Southern Italy
with emphasis on its political behavior. It depicts the social life of this
town lacking in moral sanctions outside those of the immediate family. The
Southern Italians were shown to be reluctant to cooperation and to any kind
of continuing relationship beyond the nuclear family. To explain this
behavior, Banfield argues that the people from Southern Italy behave at all
times as if they were following a rule that he called amoral familism:
“Maximize the material, short-run advantage of the nuclear family, assume
that all others will do likewise.”
- Barzini, Luigi, The Italians, New
York: Atheneum Publishers, 1964.
- Barzini’s book describes the manners, morals
and behavior of the Italian people. In particular, the work examines the
power of the Italian family. It points out the importance to protect,
improve, honor and fear the family by the employment of whatever necessary
- Battistella, Graziano (editor).
Italian Americans in the 80s: A Sociodemographic Profile. Staten Island,
NY: Center for Migration Studies, 1989.
- Battistella’s volume presents a set of
unpublished data on Italian Americans that was prepared by the United States
Bureau of the Census. This book contains works dealing with the Italian
immigrants to the United States in the 1970s and 80s, demographic and
cultural aspects of Italian-Americans, education, family life and economic
characteristics of Italian-Americans in the 1980s.
- Bell, Rudolph, B.,
Fate and Honor, Family and Village: Demographic and Cultural
Change in Rural Italy Since 1800, Chicago:
University of Chicago Press, 1979.
- Bell analyzes the extreme poverty and
deprivation that exist in Calabria, Italy. He describes the unhappy physical
and moral state known as la miseria (the misery) of the peasants in
- Belliotti, Raymond, A.,
Seeking Identity: Individualism versus Community in an Ethnic
Context, Lawrence: University Press of Kansas,
- Belliotti’s volume argues that the
Italian-Americans of the 1990s have continued to view themselves as a
particular ethnic group, still separate to some degree from mainstream
American culture. The book maintains that anti-Italian bias and stereotypes
still prevent today’s Italian-Americans from being fully assimilated to
- Biagiotti, Aldo, P.
Impact: The Historical Account of the Italian Immigrants of
Ridgefield, Connecticut. Ridgefield, CT: Romald
- Biagiotti’s book explains the lives of
Italian immigrants in Ridgefield, Connecticut from the early 1900s to the
1940s. This work describes these immigrants’ experiences during the
prohibition era, the Great Depression and World War II. It also examines
the discrimination against the Italian immigrants of Ridgefield and the
mutual aid society, nicknames and sayings of this group.
- Bianco, Carla, The Two Rosetos,
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1974.
- Bianco’s book describes the trials and
tribulations of Italian immigrants from Roseto Valfortore (a village in
Foggia, Apulia) in Roseto, Pennsylvania. This work examines the manner in
which the traditional life firmly established in Italy was triumphantly
transferred and continued in the United States. Traditional attitudes toward
the family, government and religion were maintained and grew in
- Block, Anton. The Mafia of a Sicilian
- Prospect Heights, IL:Waveland Press, 1971.
Block’s study on the Mafia in Sicily indicates that it was never a highly
structured criminal conspiracy. This work shows that the Mafia in Sicily was
a mediator and fractional operation of mercenaries arranging local
subjugation of the peasantry for absentee landlords.
- Bohme, Frederick G. A History of the
Italians in New Mexico. New York: Arno Press, 1975.
- Bohme’s work provides a description of the
Italian American experience in New Mexico from 1850 to 1950. The book
discusses the importance of the Italian settlers as mediators between the
Anglo-Saxon and Hispanic culture in New Mexico.
- Briggs, John Walker,
An Italian Passage: Immigrants to Three American Cities
1870-1930, New Haven: Yale University, 1978.
- Briggs’ book examines the Italian
communities in Utica and Rochester, New York and in Kansas City, Missouri
during the migration period of 1880 to 1920 to America. It indicates that
the Italian immigrants’ ideas concerning self-help, group organization,
social mobility, and the economic value of education which was developed in
Southern Italy had become very useful to them in America. This work points
out that once the Italians had decided to stay in America and not return to
Italy after having accumulated some money, they began achieving social and
economic success in the United States while maintaining their cultural
- Bruhn, John, G. and Wolf, Stewart, The
Roseto Story: An Anatomy of Health, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma
- Bruhn and Wolf’s study investigates the
Italian community of Roseto, Pennsylvania. The book’s findings indicate that
a close connection to an Italian-American ethnic way of life has been of
great benefit to the physical and mental health of the people of Roseto.
- Buhle, Paul and Georgakas, Dan.
(editors). The Immigrant Left in the United States. Albany: State
University Press, 1997.
- Buhle and Georgakas’ work includes essays
on Mexican-, German-, Jewish-,Italian-, Polish-, Ukrainian-, Greek-,
Haitian-, Arab- and Asian-Americans. These essays provide information on the
roles the Left (that is, radical politics) has played among these ethnic