This is an autographed copy of Impact: The Historical Account of the Italian Immigrants of Ridgefield, Connecticut (Hardcover) by Aldo P. Biagiotti!
Although the focus is on the Italian immigrants who emigrated to a New England town during the first half of the century, "Impact" reflects the typical experience of all Italian immigrants to this country. From the arrival at Ellis Island to their final destinies, these Italian immigrants struggled, sacrificed & succeeded in their adoptive land. They left a marvelous heritage. The chapters include the Italian immigrants' experiences with the "evil eye," discrimination, the Prohibition days & the Depression of 1929. Faced with native hostility & a language barrier, the immigrants formed an Italian club that served as a social center & mutual aid society. The chapter, "The Last Wave", relates the personal observations & experiences of the remaining Italian immigrants of the era. Vivid in description, factual in content, "Impact", a reference source of 350 pages & 90 photographs, offers the reader an interesting, informative & memorable account of these early Italian immigrants to this country.