San Diego's Little Italy

Italian Enclaves


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San Diego's Little Italy

Italian immigrants settled along San Diego's waterfront in the early 1900's and formed the Italian Colony, a tightly knit community that provided refuge, shared culture, and heritage. Extended families, new businesses, and church traditions formed the foundation for a lasting social code. It was no coincidence that the area would become known as "Little Italy"-it was exactly that for its inhabitants- a home away from their native land. But by the mid-1960's, changes brought by war and urban modernization began to unravel the community. Take a compelling journey through this unique immigrant enclave. Vivid images and descriptive captions highlight essential elements of this community, such as a labor and longing, fishing and family, ritual and revitalization. Through photographs contributed by local community members, this volume traces the evolution of a humble fishing village into the chic urban neighborhood that is Little Italy today. 

ISBN: 9780738547800

Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

Date: 08/15/2007

State: California

Series: Images of America

Images: 200 Black and White

Pages: 128

Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)

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