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Rosa: The Life of an Italian Immigrant

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This is the life story of Rosa Cavalleri, an Italian woman who came to the United States in 1884, one of the peak years in the nineteenth-century wave of immigration. A vivid, richly detailed account, the narrative traces Rosa’s life in an Italian peasant village and later in Chicago. Marie Hall Ets, a social worker and friend of Rosa’s at the Chicago Commons settlement ho ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 3rd 1999 by University of Wisconsin Press (first published 1970)
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Aug 08, 2015 Alethea Bothwell rated it really liked it
Fascinating! Not only the life of an immigrant in (more or less) her-own-words - but the life of an immigrant in HER own words. What a fine person she was - how uncomplaining in the face of adversity, how persevering! And what a hard life she had.

I think those of us who are descended from immigrants have no idea of what America meant to them - we think economic betterment, religious freedom etc, and yes, that was part of it. But what we never can imagine is how fearsome life in the old country w
Feb 26, 2013 Nikita rated it really liked it
Really great story of an Italian immigrant and her journey through life, starting with her abandonment as a baby. It's an autobiography as told to Marie Hall Ets. Rosa has such a great talent for story-telling, that you forget this is non-fiction. It's sad, funny, touching, and real.
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