Annotated Bibliography - p. 3

Child, Irvin, Italian or American? The Second Generation in Conflict, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1943. 

Irvin Child, who studied the second generation of Italian-Americans in the 1940s, found three different reactions of this group in their adjustment to American culture: the rebel reaction (the person wants to become fully American and rejects fully his/her Italian identification), the in-group reaction (the person strives to strengthen his/her identity as an Italian) and the apathetic reaction (the person compromises the American way of life with the Italian way). The last person here is in a sense apathetic in that he/she is unwilling to be a fully committed American nor a fully committed Italian.

Churchill, Charles, Wesley. The Italians of Newark: A Community Study.  New York: Arno Press, 1975.

Churchill’s work on the Italian community in Newark was based on interviews of 700 Italian Americans during the late 1930s. The book discusses the Italian Americans’ work, family life, religion and the Church, political life, organizations, education and opinions.

 Cinel, Dino. From Italy to San Francisco: The Immigrant Experience. California:  Stanford University Press, 1982.

Cinel’s book is a study of a 2000 family sample of Italians who migrated to San Francisco from the 1850s to the 1930s. The work describes the ambivalence, perplexity and conflict of the Italian immigrants in San Francisco.

Colletta, John Philip.  Finding Italian Roots. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co.,Inc., 1993. 

Colletta’s book is a guide to Italian genealogy for Americans. It provides a detailed description of records of genealogical value in Italy. This guide also contains a glossary of key Italian words and an extensive annotated bibliography.

Cordasco, Francesco. Italian Americans: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., 1978.

Cordasco provides an extensive bibliography of works available on all aspects of the Italian experience in the United States. This work includes materials covering history, social science, literature, and health of the Italian-Americans.

Cordasco, Francesco (editor).  Studies in Italian American Social History: Essays in Honor of Leonard Covello.  New Jersey: Rowman and Littlefield, 1975.

Cordasco’s book is a collection of original essays on the Italian experience in the United States.  This volume contains essays that deal with such topics as conflict, acculturation, assimilation, anti Fascist reactions in the United States, the Italian language press, the Italian immigrant woman, early Italian political refugees, and the patterns of Italian emigration.    

Cordasco, Francesco and Bucchioni, Eugene (editors).  The Italians: Social Backgrounds of an American Group.  Clifton, NJ: Augustus M. Kelley, Publishers, 1974.

Cordasco and Bucchioni’s sourcebook is a collection of materials on the Italian-American experience from 1890 to 1940. This text examines this group’s emigration, communities in America, responses to American life, employment, health, social needs and education.

Covello, Leonard. The Sociological Background of the Italo American School Child. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1967.

Leonard Covello stated that education to the Italian parent (that is, Southern Italian peasant) was the teaching of society’s cultural, social and moral values to the child by the parents.  The Italian peasant, according to Covello, in order to maintain the Southern Italian way of life opposed education from outside the family. He indicated that the Italian’s mistrust of school was developed in Southern Italy and was maintained in America.

Crispino, James. The Assimilation of Ethnic Groups: The Italian Case. Staten Island: Center for Migration Studies, 1980.

Crispino’s study documents the assimilation process as it applies to Italian-Americans.  This book examines the roles of friendship, marriage partner selection and religion in the Italian community of Bridgeport, Connecticut.   It describes the extent to which the Italian-Americans of this city have acculturated to the larger American society’s culture and value system.

Cronin, Constance.  The Sting of Change: Sicilians in Sicily and Australia.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1970.

Cronin’s work examines the Sicilian family in Sicily and in Australia.  The book discusses the unity of the Sicilian nuclear family.  It points out that when disagreements occur with outsiders, the nuclear family acts as a sole unit safekeeping and strengthening its own against the others.

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