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Italian Americans



  • The Rap Against Christopher Columbus Statues Overlooks Their Origins

    by Jonathan Zimmerman

    The great achievement of the 20th-century United States was the integration of formerly excluded ethnics -- Italians, Irish, Jews, and others -- into full citizenship and equality. And the great tragedy was our failure to do the same for nonwhites, especially African Americans and Native Americans.



  • How Italians Became ‘White’

    by Brent Staples

    Italians who had come to the country as “free white persons” were often marked as black because they accepted “black” jobs in the Louisiana sugar fields or because they chose to live among African-Americans.