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Title Joseph Amella Interview
Author Amella, Joseph
Date 8 Feb-25 Jul 1980
Document Type Personal Account
Reference MSIACR 82, Box 1 , Folder 4, (AME-71)
Library / Archive Special Collections & University Archives, University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago
Collection Name Italian American Collection Records
Description Oral history interview transcript covering childhood in Italy, reasons for leaving Sicily, the trip to America, landing in Boston, moving to Colorado, working with Mexicans, living in the Bridgeport neighbourhood in Chicago, acceptance of Italians by non-Italians, the Great Depression, marriage, retention of Italian language, attitude towards children dating non-Italians, Christmas celebrations, Italian food, societies and clubs, Italian wine drinking, religion, identity conflicts between Italian/Italian-American, view of Italy during the Second World War, pride in being Italian and Bridgeport's Italian community in the 1980s.
Series Description Series I: Donated Material. Sub Series I: Donations, Information, and Transcripts. The Italian-American Collection was compiled as part of the "Italians in Chicago" project by the Department of History at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle. The project was funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities and largely conducted during 1979 and 1980. Donations included photographs, sound recordings, video recordings, books, booklets and pamphlets, citizenship papers, church documents, as well as various other family memorabilia. Some donations show life in Italy, many more deal with the immigration process, and others show dominant themes in Italian American lives here in the United States. This sub-series contains the donations and interview transcripts of various Italian Americans who participated in the Italian American research project. Most of the interviews and donations took place in 1979 and 1980 in the city of Chicago. This sub-series and spans from the years of 1880 through 1980.
Theme(s) Religion, Ethnic Identity and Community Relations; Arrivals: Ports and Early Experiences; Permanent Settlement and Successive Generations
Country (from) Italy
Country (to) United States of America
Places Sicily, Italy; Bridgeport, Connecticut, Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Los Angeles, California, Pennsylvania, Nevada, United States; Valdez, Pueblo, Mexico
Ports Boston, Massachusetts, United States; Palermo, Italy
Nationality Italian; Italian-American; Irish; European; Polish; Lithuanian; Cuban; Mexican
Ships SS Palermo
People Amella, Stella; Amella, Stephen Joseph; Della Croce, Rich
Keywords Great Depression, economics, employment, occupation, music, teacher, education, emigrant, emigration, community relations, national identity, children, food, languages, holidays and celebrations, religion, wine, cultural identity, Second World War, journey conditions, army, literature, housing, social life, friendly societies, return passage, mining, coal, child labour, health and sickness, family, marriage, freight, metal, ticket, railroad, travel, construction, automobile, canal, rent, cost of living, citizenship, court, administration, clubs
Language English
Copyright Special Collections & University Archives, University Library, University of Illinois at Chicago