"Here In Cerchio: Letters to an Italian Immigrant"

Shortly after I came to Cleveland more than a decade ago, I began volunteering at the Western Reserve Historical Society. I worked with Curator of Italian American History Pamela Dorazio Dean translating a batch of letters which had been donated by Mario Chiudioni. 

After I finished the translations, I realized that they constituted an unusually complete collection of material; the 40 or so letters that covered a four-year period (1910-1913) were written by a man named Antonio Vasquenz to his son Angelo who had immigrated to Pennsylvania. So, I wrote a book about the letters, with the first half being a summary of the life of peasants during the early 20th century in Italy, and the second half being a full translation of all the


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