The people of the Italian peninsula have come to America since its earliest days as English colonies. Although they came from every region and every province of Italy, most of the immigration from Italy has been from southern Italy and Sicily, the so-called mezzogiorno. Most occurred during the period of the great, or “new,” migration period that lasted from about 1880 to the 1920s. Italian Americans, as with every other immigrant group that has arrived on America's shores, have been useful, productive, and law-abiding citizens in their new homeland, and ...

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