Thurs, 8/17: A Secret Story

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The Italian American Museum cordially invites you to attend a screening of "Italian American Internment: A Secret Story" (2000, 50 min.). A Discussion and Q&A led by Museum Founder and President Dr. Joseph V. Scelsa will follow the screening. Thursday, August 17th, 6:30 PM - 155 Mulberry Street (Corner of Grand and Mulberry Streets) New York, NY 10013

A documentary film chronicling the internment of Italians and Italian-Americans in the United States during World War II. The 50-year period between 1880 and 1924 saw a human wave of Italian immigrants arrive in the United States. Prior to World War I, almost one quarter of Italy's population emigrated from that country.

Forced to flee a stifling combination of depressing social, economic, and political conditions, more than 500,000 Italians came to this county in 1901 alone. By 1910, 1.3 million had arrived and the next decade brought another 1.1 million. Italians had become the largest immigrant group in the United States. The Statue of Liberty, which had greeted the arriving masses as a beacon of a hopeful new life, would soon cast a shadow over a different group of "huddled masses": arrested and imprisoned Italian enemy aliens.

Thursday, August 17th, 6:30 PM - RSVP Code: II0817 - Italian American Museum - Light Refreshments Will Be Served - Suggested donation of $10 per person

For reservations, please call the Italian American Museum at 212.965.9000, Email: ItalianAmericanMuseum@gmail.com or Fax: 347.810.1028

SOURCE: Italian American Museum

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