ERIC Number: ED167447
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Italians in Westport. A Personal Account for An Ethnohistory of the Westport-Norwalk Area from 1900 to Today.
D'Amico, Anthony J.
The document presents a history of an Italian immigrant family that settled in Westport, Connecticut, before 1900. The monograph is part of a project to investigate the ethnically varied cultural heritage of the Norwalk-Westport area. Objectives of the history are to record the story of the d'Amico family, shed light on the Westport Italian community, and to assess the impact of the Italian ethnic group on local culture. The document is presented in five major sections. Section I introduces the history. Section II provides background information on Westport in 1900. Section III portrays the D'Amico family, chronicles Augostino D'Amico's immigration from Italy in the early 1880s, describes various jobs held by Augostino and his son in the United States, traces the D'Amicos' move to and settlement in Westport, and records successes and defeats of the D'Amico family in the Westport area until the 1970s. Section IV investigates prejudice and discrimination against immigrants throughout American history and stresses the desire of immigrants to be accepted into the mainstream of American life. The final section assesses the effects of social change on the integration of Italian immigrants and persons of Italian extraction into Westport society. (DB)
Descriptors: Adult Education, American Culture, Attitude Change, Community Characteristics, Community Study, Cultural Background, Cultural Context, Ethnography, Ethnology, Immigrants, Instructional Materials, Italian Americans, Life Style, Local History, Minority Group Influences, Minority Groups, Primary Sources, Racial Discrimination, Reading, Secondary Education, Social History, Social Studies, Sociocultural Patterns, United States History
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Connecticut Humanities Council, the State Committee of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Authoring Institution: Westport-Weston Arts Council, CT.
Identifiers: Connecticut (Norwalk); Connecticut (Westport)
Note: For related documents, see SO 011 510-513