Across the Ocean to the Land of Mines: Five Thousand Stories of Italian Migration from the Mountains of Bologna and Modena to America at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

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9788865987919: Across the Ocean to the Land of Mines: Five Thousand Stories of Italian Migration from the Mountains of Bologna and Modena to America at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

This is a book of thousands of stories, names and family names of those that flew from the Apennine mountains of Bologna and Modena – between 1885 and 1915 – to the US and were part of the exodus known as the Great Italian Emigration. Swarms of men, women and children who, out of sheer lack of a decent living, moved from villages like Gaggio Montano, Fanano, Montese, Lizzano in Belvedere and Sestola, to labor in the American Midwest of Illinois and Oklahoma. These mountain villagers found themselves in the prairies crossed by rivers and valleys like the stunning Spoon River valley, but their lives were anything but idyllic...

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