History & culture

Justice Denied: Ben Shahn and the Case of Sacco and Vanzetti

October 2020 |
“If it had not been for these things, I might have lived out my life talking at street corners to scorning men. I might have died, unmarked, unknown, a failure. Now we are not a failure. This is our career and our triumph. Never in our full life...

Early Italians Arriving at Ellis Island Needed Help

October 2020 |
More than 12 million immigrants passed through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1954. With a peak of 1,004,756 entering the U.S. in 1907 alone, most were Italians. In fact, most Italian immigrants arriving at Ellis Island in 1907 were processed in a...

The Columbus Letters

October 2020 |
Quando Cristoforo Colombo iniziò il suo primo viaggio verso ovest, iniziò a scrivere un giornale che includeva molte informazioni del viaggio. Quando tornò in Spagna, scrisse anche altre lettere. Purtroppo, le lettere furono tradotte e riscritte,...

The Prosecution of Christopher Columbus

October 2020 |
In my previous article, I discussed the man Christopher Columbus, details of who he was that are often overlooked by his detractors. In this article, I would like to review the chief accusation against him which was his involvement in the slave...

The Columbus Letters

September 2020 |
“The Columbus Letters” were published in a four-part series in La Gazzetta Italiana in 2019 and can be found on www.lagazzettaitaliana.com. Search “Columbus Letters.” Sailing back to Spain after his first voyage for the monarchs, Columbus wrote...

History Reevaluated – It’s All Columbus’ Fault

September 2020 |
Quest’articolo tratta della disinformazione sulla storia di Cristoforo Colombo. Ci sono molte persone che dicono che Colombo è responsabile per il genocidio di tanti nativi che già abitavano nella terra nuovo. Ma, quest’articolo smentisce questa...

NIAF Statement on Christopher Columbus and Columbus Day

September 2020 |
NIAF supports Columbus Day and opposes public campaigns that advocate for its elimination as a federal holiday. As an organization devoted to the promotion and preservation of Italian American heritage, we support unequivocally maintaining...

Christopher Columbus

September 2020 |
The evil that men do lives after them, the good is oft interred with their bones. It is so easy to attack the dead, to misquote, to misrepresent motive, to manipulate the representation of past events. When the dead lack someone to speak for them...

Bella Ciao: Goodbye Beautiful

September 2020 |
Bella Ciao or “Goodbye Beautiful” is a 19th century Italian protest song that has its origin in the struggle of Italian women from the north of Italy who labored in the rice fields there. The Mondina (from mondare, to clean) women worked in the...
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