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By William J. Connell

There was a wierd reluctance at the a part of historians of the Italian American event to confront the discrimination confronted via Italians and americans of Italian ancestry. This quantity is a daring test by means of an esteemed group of students and writers to debate the query brazenly through charting the ancient and cultural barriers of stereotypes, prejudice, and assimilation. individuals supply a continual sequence of cultural encounters and stories in tv, literature, and picture that deserve the eye of someone attracted to the bigger topics of yankee history.    

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28 It may seem a great leap to connect John Calvin’s treatises with representations of Italians in the American mass media of the late nineteenth and early twenty-first centuries. 1057/9780230115323 - Anti-Italianism, Edited by William J. com - licensed to Universitetsbiblioteket i Tromsoe - PalgraveConnect - 2011-03-11 Darker Aspects of Italian American Prehistory 15 Italy. 31 Romeo and Juliet portrays a feuding Italian city in which family honor destroys civic peace. Othello is a drama in which Iago—a type associated especially with Italians that has its original in Machiavelli—uses particularly “Italian” modes of deception to tragic purpose in a case that again involves the use of violence in a matter where personal honor takes precedence over other values.

Prato, Italy: Cassa di Risparmi e Depositi, 1983); Margherita Marchione, The Adventurous Life of Philip Mazzei (Lanham: University Press of America, 1995). Her work should be compared with that of the Italian scholars who underline the radicalism that emerged especially in Mazzei’s later years after his return to Europe: Edoardo Tortarolo, Illuminismo e rivoluzioni. Biografia politica di Filippo Mazzei (Milan: Franco Angeli, 1985); Mario Montorzi, “I processi contro Filippo Mazzei ed i liberali pisani nel 1799,” in his Giustizia in contado.

Darwinian racialism still surfaces from time to time in American academic and political discourse, but it almost never concerns Italian Americans, and when it crops up it is quickly denounced by the culture at large. Anti-Catholicism persists in American society in some quarters, and unflattering images of the Roman church and its clergy are often paired with negative images of Italian Americans in the movies and on television. But it would be hard to argue that anti-Catholicism is the major reason for the stereotyping of Italian Americans in the mass media.

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