Italians In West Virginia

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Italians In West Virginia

Images of America: Italians in West Virginia offers a new understanding of how immigrant laborers and their communities shaped the state's regional history. Shortly after its secession from Virginia, West Virginia appointed an immigration officer to handle the wave of antebellum immigrant laborers, entering the state to work in agriculture, forestry, railway construction, and the coal industries. In 1910, there were 13,286 Italians in West Virgina; in 1920, there were 14,167. This volume has over 200 photographs that have been collected from West Virginia archival collections and Italian families, illustrating aspects of the immigrant experience. The photographs highlight the regional origins of the Italians, their work, communities, leisure, ethnicity, family life, and religion. 


Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

Date: 09/05/2011

State: West Virginia

Series: Images of America

Images: 191 Black and White

Pages: 128

Dimensions: 6.5(w) x 9.25(h)


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