The Italian Immigrant Experience in America (1870-1920) by
Joan Rapczynski - Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute -
The year 1871 is considered a starting point for mass migration from southern Italy. In this year, Italy had become a unified nation with a democratic constitution, however, the south had not reaped any economic benefit from this development. Conditions had actually gotten worse.The Italian peasant was not the only one who suffered from the general poverty of the south. Skilled workers could no longer find employment.
Thousands of men left their families behind to find work in America. Both my grandfathers left Italy at age 16.They hoped to find work in America as stonemasons and send money home to their families as soon as possible. Like many young men they had learned their trade by working along side their fathers at a very early age.
The majority of immigrants around the turn of the century were males between the ages of 24 and 45. Many expected to stay in the United States only long enough to earn money to improve their family situation. Others intended to send for their families as soon as they could.
Italian immigration to Argentina
Immigration: The Italians -
A brief history of Italian immigration to the United States.
Italy Emigration and Immigration - Finding the Emigrant’s Town of Origin. Emigration From Italy. Passenger Lists. Other Records of Departure
Passenger Lists of Ships Arriving in US Ports
Immigrants in the Land of Promise: Italians in Buenos Aires and New York City, 1870 to 1914
Belgium, Antwerp Police Immigration Index, 1840-1930 - This index provides a reference to immigration dossiers compiled by the Antwerp police force between 1840 and 1930. Presently, the immigration dossiers are only available on microfilm. Files may contain documents from a later period. Includes family name, given name, birthdate, residence, nationality, and occupation. We can find many Italians emigrated first to Belgium and then to America.