Ethnic Groups and Discrimination Assignment

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Ethnic Groups and Discrimination Assignment

Italian Migration to America

By: ReAnna R. Borghi



In 1929 my great grandmother and grandfathered made the journey on boat from Florence Italy, to New York City. Great Grandma Borghi was 8 months pregnant with my grandfather, and my great uncle gene was eighteen months old. They were a part of the mass migration from Italy to America but far from the firsts to make the leap (Dr. Robert Borghi-spoke with my grandfather). Italian Americans are the fourth largest European ethnic group in the United States, though it was not always this way.  The mass immigration from Italy to the United States happened within the century of 1876 to 1976.  It was the largest single recipient of Italian immigrants in the world.  In which the majority of Italian immigrants settled in specific areas together, this way they could interact with their own people and stay away from other ethnic groups, these areas were specified as “little Italy’s” (Italian American- 2009) During this time, Italians were not the only group migrating to the United States.  In fact hundreds of thousands of immigrants from nations all over the world were migrating into the United States as well.  Migrating from Italy to America was not the most intense struggle the Italians endured in their battle to make a better life for themselves and families.  After stepping foot in America they quickly learned jobs were scarce, there was no longer an abundance of cheap land which forced most to become urban, and immigrants were not favored by the Americans, they were often called names and segregated due to their catholic religion.  Life for Italian immigrants was far from a walk in the park, this group lived through segregation, prejudice, and racism while establishing their new lives.

Though he was the first Italian to sail past America; Giovanni da...
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