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Westward the Immigrants: Italian Adventurers & Colonists in an Expanding America Andrew F. Rolle

Westward the Immigrants: Italian Adventurers & Colonists in an Expanding America

Andrew F. Rolle

Published May 13th 2014
ISBN : 9780585104591
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415 pages
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Here is a colorful alternative to the view that Americas immigrants were uprooted, defenseles pawns adrift in a sea of confusion and despair. Taking the members of one nationality as a prototype, {Westward the Immigrant} (originally published asMoreHere is a colorful alternative to the view that Americas immigrants were uprooted, defenseles pawns adrift in a sea of confusion and despair. Taking the members of one nationality as a prototype, {Westward the Immigrant} (originally published as {The Immigrant Upraised}) traces the social, political, and economic progress of Italian immigrants after they deserted New Yorks crowded Mulberry Street for more rewarding pursuits in the twenty-two states west of the Mississippi. Rolle does not deny that foreigners encountered prejudice and adversity in the western states, but he shows how different their acculturative patterns were from that of their countryen in the ghettoes of Americas eastern environment. The immigrant out west, whether on ranches or in mining pits and lumber camps, developed an independence not possible in the large cities of the East, rapidly becoming an accepted memer of society. The immigrant folk record has a drama of its own, neglected by writers who have devoted excessive attention to standardized symbols of the West: cowboys, outlaws, and Indians. Alongside the cliches that characterize the dime-novel approach to the West stands the solid record of the foreigner. The western immigrant, like the fronteirsman, trapper, and miner, became a new individual who redefined him- or herself in a tradition-free setting. The immigrant established a dramatic record of success in such varied pursuits as viniculture, journalism, and banking. In short, the immigrant on the promised land was as upraised as uprooted. This book tells how and why in a warm and thought-provoking way. The first systematic study of any one nationality west of the Mississippi, {Westward the Immigrants} fills one of the last genuine voids in the history of the West.