Italian Immigrants

Italian immigrants:

The United States is known as the melting pot of the world.   Many have sought refuse here and a better way of life.   The Italian immigrants were no different and in doing so have made a significant impact on the United States.   The Italian immigrants came to America to have a better life; some have been linked to organized crime while most are successful members of American society.
Italian immigrants started to immigrate to the United States in the early 1800’s. From about the 1820’s until 2004 about 5.5 million Italians immigrated to the United States, with the greatest surge of immigration, occurring during 1880’s through the 1920’s, in that time period more than 4 million Italians came to America . A large percentage of those Italian immigrants, 80% according to a census came from Southern Italy, especially from Sicily and Campania, these were parts known as the former “Kingdom of the two Sicilies “. These regions consisted mainly of agricultural and were overpopulated and economically underdeveloped and benefitted little from the industry of the North especially after the political and social movements.So Initially the Italian government supported the emigration of their people whom did not own land. This was their way of relieving financial pressures in their country mainly in the southern region.
Once in the United States most Italian immigrants were faced with many barriers, and were frequently subjected to extreme prejudice, racism and, in some cases, violence. Italian stereo typing was common place during the 19th and early 20th centuries and a means of justifying the mistreatment of Italian immigrants. A few such cases happened in 1891 a mass lynching took place involving eleven Italians that were tried and found not guilty of assassinating police Chief David Hennessey of New Orleans, after that hundreds of Italian immigrants were arrested who hadn’t committed any crimes. Then in 1899, in Tallulah, Louisiana five Italian...