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The Italians in Newark

The Italians in Newark
Newark History Society program; May 23, 2019.
  • Michael Immerso. "Enclaves of Memory." Begins at 13:10
  • Warren Grover. "Ralph Villani." Begins at 29:50
  • Michele Rotunda. "The Rotunda Pool." Begins at 1:03:00
  • Italians in Newark

    The Italians of New Jersey : A Historical Introduction and Bibliography.
    Dennis J. Starr. Newark, New Jersey Historical Society, 1985. Available?
    Family and Society: The Case of the Italians in New Jersey Rutgers-restricted access
    Susanna Tardi. Thesis (Ph.D), New York University, 1989.
    "Analyzes the extent to which first, second and third generation, working-class and middle-class Italian Americans living in contemporary American society have maintained the norms, values and behavioral patterns of traditional Italian core culture." Available?
    Americans of Italian Descent in New Jersey.
    Joseph William Carlevale. Foreword by Robert C. Clothier. Clifton, N. J., Printed by North Jersey Press [1950]. Available?
    Between Peasant and Urban Villager : Italian Americans of New Jersey and New York, 1880-1980: The structure of counter-discourse
    Michael J. Eula. New York, P.Lang, 1993.
    A cultural history of the Italian-American working class. Available?
    Italian Christian Endeavor Group, Newark, 1896
    William Cone photograph. Christian Endeavor was a Protestant youth ministry program.
    Gl'Italiani di Essex. Note storiche e biografiche, con l'aggiunta di un business directory.
    Olindo Marzulli. Newark, N.J., P.Matullo & Son, 1911. Available?
    Newark's Little Italy: The Vanished First Ward.
    Michael Immerso. New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers University Press c1997.
    "Traces the history of the First Ward from the arrival of the first Italian in the 1870s until 1953 when the district was uprooted to make way for urban renewal." Available?
    The Public Library in an Immigrant Neighborhood: Italian Immigrants' Information Ecologies in Newark, New Jersey, 1889-1919
    Ellen Marie Pozzi. Thesis (Ph.D.), Rutgers University, 2013.
    "The objective of this research is to develop a textured understanding of the information ecology of Italian immigrants, the exemplary group chosen for this study. The study is situated in Newark which was the site of immigrant settlement and vibrant immigrant information circuits during the last decade of the nineteenth and the first two decades of the twentieth century; a time when the reforms of the Progressive Era, an influx of immigrants, and the effects of urbanization intersected with a growing public library movement." Available?
    "Going to 'America': Italian Neighborhoods and the Newark Free Public Library, 1900-1920"
    Ellen M. Pozzi. IN Libraries and the Reading Public in Twentieth-Century America. Edited by Christine Pawley and Louise S. Robbins. Madison, Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin Press, 2013, pp.97-110. Available?
    Italian Americans of Newark, Belleville, and Nutley.
    Sandra S. Lee, Charleston, S.C., Arcadia Pub., 2008.
    Part of the Images of America series. Available?
    The Recollections of Peter B. Mattia.
    Edited by Kenneth J. Rosa, Nutley, N.J., K.J.Rosa, 1985. Available?
    The Italians of Newark, A Community Study.
    Charles Wesley Churchill. New York, Arno Press, 1975.
    Reprint of the author's 1942 thesis (New York University). Based on interviews with about 700 Italians, approximately half of whom were born in Italy, between March 1938 and August 1939. Focus on Italian-American family and community life in Newark during this period. Available?
    "Ethnicity and Newark's Italian Tribune, 1934-1980,"
    Michael Eula. Italian Americana 19(1), Winter 2001, pp. 23-35. Available?
    From America, the Dream of My Life: Selections From the Federal Writers' Project's New Jersey Ethnic Survey. David Steven Cohen, ed., New Brunswick, N.J., Rutgers University Press, 1990, pp. 55-69. Available?
    The Italians in Newark 1890-1914.
    Patricia C. Flock. Thesis (B.A.), St. Peter's College, 1976.
    Social history focusing on the principal institutions (municipal agencies, churches) with which the Italian immigrants came in contact. Available?
    The Italians of Newark, New Jersey.
    Fred Ensign Miles. Thesis (M.A.), Columbia University, 1926.
    Miles was the minister of a Protestant church located in the middle of the Italian section of Newark. Available?
    Italian Class Receiving Instruction in English and Citizenship
    Department of Labor Training Service. Newark, Y.M.C.A., ca. 1920-1930. [Photograph]
    Employment Practices in Selected Retail Stores.
    Marion L. Courtney. Trenton, New Jersey Department of Education, Division Against Discrimination, December 1956.
    Survey of sixty-four retail stores in Newark, East Orange, Montclair, Bloomfield, Paterson, Passaic, Elizabeth, Plainfield, Trenton, Camden and Atlantic City. Focuses on minority, especially African-American, employment but also includes statistics on the employment of Jews and Italian-Americans.
    "The White Niggers of Newark,"
    David K. Shipler. Harper's Magazine 245(1467), August 1972, 77-83.
    View of North Ward Italians on their situation in Newark in the early 1970s. Rutgers-restricted Access
    White Ethnicity in the Urban Crisis: Newark's Italian Americans
    Nancy C. Carnevale. Journal of Social History 55(4), Summer 2022, pp. 1001-1030.
    "Scholars have largely understood the urban crisis, including racial violence, as a matter of Black versus white, with white ethnics in possession of a largely inconsequential ethnicity. An examination of two community leaders from Newark’s North Ward reveals competing Italian American perceptions of the urban crisis. Anthony Imperiale, the race-baiting demagogue and politician, has been portrayed by the media and by scholars as the lone voice of the North Ward. Stephen Adubato argued that urban white working-class ethnics like Italian American Newarkers were reacting to economic hardship at a time when they believed the government was advantaging African Americans. Rather than foster a white identity and anti-black sentiment, Adubato aimed to promote stronger Italian American ethnicity as a basis for making claims on resources." Rutgers-restricted Access
    "Class and Ethnic Political Relations in Newark, New Jersey: Blacks and Italians,"
    Gwendolyn Mikell. IN Cities of the United States: Studies in Urban Anthropology. Edited by Leith Mullings. New York, Columbia University Press, 1987, pp. 71-98.
    "A case study of Newark, New Jersey, where ethnic conflict, characteristic of the late 1960s and early 1970s, has its roots in the historical class development and in interethnic relations since 1900. As economic conditions changed in the mid-1970s, allowing for the penetration of professionals into public and private bureaucracies, the competition between blacks and Italians was tempered." Available?
    The Italians of Newark: The Process of Economic Victory and Social Retreat 1910-1940.
    James Anthony Testa. Thesis (B.A.), Princeton University, 1970.
    An "attempt to view immigrant adaption to the urban environment by examining changing patterns and status in the job market." Available?
    The Changing Geography of Italian Immigrants in the United States: A Case Study of the Ironbound Colony, Newark, New Jersey.
    William J.E. Bolen. Thesis (Ph.D), Rutgers University, 1986.
    The impact of Italian immigrants on transforming the cultural landscape, and a detalied analysis of the Italian Ironbound colony in Newark at the turn of the 20th century. Available?


    Newark's Little Italy: The Vanished First Ward [Videorecording]. Bloomfield, N.J., Caucus Educational Corp., 1997. "An historical documentary that celebrates the people and traditions of Newark's old First Ward." Written by Michael Immerso, narrated by Steve Adubato, Jr. Available?

    Anything Else?

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