pattrice's Reviews > Wop!: A Documentary History of Anti-Italian Discrimination

Wop! by Salvatore J. Lagumina
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Mar 09, 2012

Read from February 24 to March 08, 2012

Mostly reproductions of primary source materials (newspaper and magazine articles, mostly) with only a little commentary by the editor. I wished for more commentary and less exhaustive excerpts, but I see the historical value in gathering and reproducing these anti-Italian screeds, which are sometimes explicitly hateful but most often couched in the sanctimonious tones used today to condemn the alleged "culture of poverty" and/or the self-righteous indignation now aimed at immigrants from points south. Really, it's worth wading through these materials to see for yourself that the EXACT same charges now leveled against other groups were once leveled against Italians, often in nearly identical terms. I knew this and have taught it but still was sometimes surprised by the eerie symmetries of details.

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