"No Italian Spoken for the Duration of the War"

Sunday, October 18, 2015 - 3:00pm
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Presented by Nancy C. Carnevale, Ph.D.  Associate Professor of History, Montclair State University

This program looks at the little-known history of Italian Americans during the World War II years. Despite record numbers of enlistees, for a time Italian Americans were designated enemy aliens who were subject to curfews and other restrictions. A number of Italian Americans were relocated and some were sent to internment camps.

This lecture describes the wartime atmosphere this group faced and considers the consequences of anti-Italian sentiment for Italian Americans in the postwar era. The stories of Italian American pop culture icons such as Louis Prima and Joe DiMaggio illustrate the possibilities and limitations of the time.

A New Jersey Council for the Humanities program.