Letters from the Old Country by Ben Lariccia

Lucia Bisceglia Lariccia Collection, 1917-1999. RG 77/12/1/1, Archives & Special Collections, William F. Maag, Jr Library, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio. Lucia Bisceglia Lariccia Collection, 1917-1999. RG 77/12/1/1, Archives & Special Collections, William F. Maag, Jr Library, Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio.

Many immigrants were in regular contact with their families back home. Separated by the Atlantic Ocean, engaged couples arranged plans for their wedding to take place either in the United States or in the paese. But none of the planning was possible without written correspondence between the parties.

In Europe, WWI is being fought. The German Navy, believing that enemy ships are carrying arms for the Allies, is sinking steamers including passenger liners. The Lusitania was torpedoed just two years ago. The newspapers are full of horror stories about the murderous U-boat attacks. On the other side of the Atlantic, in Ohio, Gioso is waiting for his bride to be, but she hasn’t arrived as planned. You can imagine the letter that he must have written to her. “Why didn’t you telegram me from Naples as we had decided? I haven’t heard from you in so long. Where are you? When are you leaving for the U.S.?” 

Lucia, his fiancée, responds in a defensive and nervous tone about the delays in her departure for the USA. Yet she is confident that she will get there soon. Just be patient. 

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