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Retro Cruising: Immigrant Italian families coming to the USA and CANADA…

Retro Cruising: Immigrant Italian families coming to the USA and CANADA…

Shipboard scenes from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s… aboard the Italian Lines, Cunard Lines and the Greek Lines…

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  • Can you imagine what it was like to say goodbye to your family, your home and your friends?
  • To leave for a strange country, not knowing the language, and with little or no money?
  • Who would do such a thing?
  • Why would anyone do something so drastic?

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Going to America

Most Italian immigrants never planned to stay in the US permanently. There is even a special phrase that was coined for Italians: “Birds of Passage” since their intent was to be migratory laborers.

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Even though about 75% of Italian immigrants were farmers in Italy, they did not wish to farm in the US (as it implied a permanence that did not figure in their plans).

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Instead, they headed for cities where labor was needed and wages were relatively high.

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Click here to read a wonderful piece on Italian immigration to the USA and Canada…

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