Italians in the Delta: "Pioneers of Monroe"

Apr 08, 2015 1234

The Italians in Monroe, Louisiana, are a small, tight-knit group of successful, family-oriented people who have established deep roots in the Delta while maintaining a connection to each other and to their home country, despite pressures to become mainstream Americans. Even though Italians were the largest immigrant population of turn of the 19th century Louisiana, they have remained understudied.

Surprisingly, the Italians once comprised the biggest immigrant population in Louisiana, totaling 20,233 in 1910 (Cordasco and Bucchioni 40). However, many Italian immigrants were quick to adapt and disappear in the melting pot of American life if doing so meant a chance at greater success.

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