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The Italian Diaspora

The unification of Italy, itself a political and historical event of major importance, led to an unintended but equally massive consequence: Italian emigration to North and South America, a trickle up to 1861, assumed the dimensions of a torrent, as hundreds of thousands of Italians finally said basta to harsh lives of unrewarded labor and sought opportunities elsewhere. So far as I know, no one has made a causal connection between the two events, but it seems disingenuous at best to suppose that they are totally unrelated. Strangely enough, the initial impetus came from the northern regions, Piemonte, Veneto, Friuli…, and not from the South. Southern emigration, from Campania, Calabria and Sicilia, did not pick up until several decades later.

Pane Amaro (Bitter Bread)

Pane Amaro (Bitter Bread)