An original Italian easy reader, by Francesca Colombo
A ‘diaspora’ is a population that lives somewhere different from their original home, or that of their forebears. Since the late nineteenth century, millions of Italians have emigrated in search of better prospects. By 1980 it was estimated that twenty-five million Italians had made their home outside of Italy, in countries all over the world…
Secondo il censimento del 2010, gli Italo-americani sono 17.250.000 e corrispondono al sesto gruppo etnico più numeroso negli Stati Uniti d’America.
Gli Italo-americani si sono distinti nei più diversi settori della società. Nel campo dell’invenzione, per esempio, ricordiamo Antonio Meucci, il padre del telefono, e la famiglia di origine friulana Jacuzzi, che ha prodotto le famose vasche da bagno.
In ambito sportivo si sono distinti, fra gli altri, il mitico giocatore di baseball Joltin’ Joe (Giuseppe Paolo) di Maggio, sposato per qualche anno con la diva Marilyn Monroe e citato in una famosa canzone di Simon and Garfunkel, e poi il campione dei pesi massimi Rocco Francis Marchegiano, meglio conosciuto come Rocky Marciano, the Brockton Blockbuster.
Anche nel mondo dello spettacolo non mancano cognomi italiani: da Frank Sinatra a Leonardo di Caprio, da John Turturro a Madonna (alias Veronica Ciccone) a Frank Zappa, passando per Robert De Niro, Jake LaMotta, Joe Pesci, Liza Minelli, Al Pacino e Jon Bon Jovi… La lista è lunghissima!
E, infine, un buon numero di italiani di prima, seconda, terza o quarta generazione hanno contribuito a governare il paese. Per esempio, Fiorello La Guardia è stato sindaco di New York negli anni della Grande Depressione.
“Little Flower”, così era chiamato (traduzione letterale del suo nome italiano), ha amministrato con grande onestà ed efficienza la città e ne ha rilanciato l’economia.
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- 16 chapters to read and listen to
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- Italian/English glossary of ‘difficult’ terms for the level
- Suitable for students at intermediate level or above
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Lynne F (verified owner) –
I have now read all 4 books in this series and I was not disappointed. Interesting content, well written, thank you, Francesca. As I am learning Italian, an avid reader and a lover of history this book ticked all the boxes for me. The supporting audio is clear and a useful tool to develop both my listening skills and my pronunciation of Italian.
Anita (verified owner) –
La Diaspora Italiana – Italiani negli Stati Uniti is the third book in this series and as with the other two – in Scozia and Spagna, it is full of information. In fact, even more so as there are 16.2 chapters! They are, however, very short but still interesting and full of facts. I have learnt a lot from this book – I hadn’t realised that there are so many Italians in USA, and many well-known, familiar ones at that.
It covers 15th century to modern times. What a shame that the Italians were so badly treated but that was life then!
As usual, the audio is clear and easy to follow. What a great read and I can highly recommend this book.
Well done Francesco – beautifully written and a lot of research gone into this. Are you a History teacher?
Yes, there’s a lot more in this one than in our usual ‘easy readers’, it being perhaps double the length. But there was so much to write about Italians in the USA.
Francesca, the writer, is an Italian teacher these days, but I remember from her curriculum that she was very interested in history and in the classics, so have encouraged her to write about such things. It’s good to know that people appreciate it!