From Sicily to Elizabeth Street Housing and Social Change Among Italian Immigrants From Sicily to Elizabeth Street analyzes the relationship of environment to social behavior It revises our understanding of the Italian American family and challenges existing notions of the Italian i
From Sicily to Elizabeth Street analyzes the relationship of environment to social behavior It revises our understanding of the Italian American family and challenges existing notions of the Italian immigrant experience by comparing everyday family and social life in the agrotowns of Sicily to life in a tenement neighborhood on New York s Lower East Side at the turn of thFrom Sicily to Elizabeth Street analyzes the relationship of environment to social behavior It revises our understanding of the Italian American family and challenges existing notions of the Italian immigrant experience by comparing everyday family and social life in the agrotowns of Sicily to life in a tenement neighborhood on New York s Lower East Side at the turn of the century.Moving historical understanding beyond such labels as uprooted and huddled masses, the book depicts the immigrant experience from the perspective of the immigrants themselves It begins with a uniquely detailed description of the Sicilian backgrounds and moves on to recreate Elizabeth Street in lower Manhattan, a neighborhood inhabited by some 8,200 Italians.The author shows how the tightly knit conjugal family became less important in New York than in Sicily, while a wider association of kin groups became crucial to community life Immigrants, who were mostly young people, began to rely on their related peers for jobs and social activities and less on parents who remained behind.Interpreting their lives in America, immigrants abandoned some Sicilian ideals, while other customs, though Sicilian in origin, assumed new and distinctive forms as this first generation initiated the process of becoming Italian American.
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From Sicily to Elizabeth Street: Housing and Social Change Among Italian Immigrants, 1880-1930 ¦ Donna R. Gabaccia 228 Donna R. Gabaccia
Title: From Sicily to Elizabeth Street: Housing and Social Change Among Italian Immigrants, 1880-1930 ¦ Donna R. Gabaccia