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At the beginning of the last century, there were just over 11,000 Italians in Ohio. While many of the earliest immigrants settled along Lake Erie, a growing number ventured south to the state capital, a city located at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers and named for a famed Italian explorer. Importing the rich traditions of the old country, Columbus Italian ...more
Paperback, 127 pages
Published July 11th 2011 by Arcadia Publishing (SC)
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I have heard it said that every Irishman secretly wishes to be Italian, and, after looking at the photographs in Columbus Italians, this self-identifying Irish-American—DNA 44% Celtic—has begun to hear at least some truth in this saying.
I love old photographs of Irish immigrants, but most of them either pose self-consciously for the camera, cocky and amused, poised giddily upon the rim dividing luck from the abyss, or else submit themselves passively to our gaze, exhausted, remote, preserved by ...more