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Houses with names : the Italian immigrants of Highwood, Illinois /
Adria Bernardi.
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1990.
xiv, 274 p., [14] p. of plates : ports.
0252015819 (alk. paper)
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Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c1990.
0252015819 (alk. paper)
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Appeared in Choice on 1990-05:
An engaging, sometimes nostalgic, look at Italian immigration to Highwood, Illinois. Primarily an oral history using the memories of 44 immigrants, Bernardi's study also includes the author's comments on various facets of the migration and the adjustment process. This is not an academic study with carefully selected samples and incisive analysis, but it does offer the human dimension of immigration. For historians and others who wish to capture the flavor of an earlier time, the interviews recreate that world well. Immigrant memories and the author's interspersed observations are woven carefully together on a number of topics such as Old World life, WW I, work, recreation, and nativism. Because Bernardi springs from this Italian immigrant environment (her grandmothers were among those interviewed), the combination of immigrant thoughts and her third-generation perspective results in an enjoyable and informative work. -R. Bayor, Georgia Institute of Technology
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