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Italian immigration to Pennsylvania, 1870-1914

Italian immigration to Pennsylvania, 1870-1914

Excerpt from "Italians in Pennsylvania" Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission Website

Though there were Italians who came to Pennsylvania while it was still a colony, Italian immigration was negligible until the late nineteenth century. In contrast, between 1880 and the outbreak of World War I, thousands came, primarily from Sicily and the southern parts of the peninsula.

Between 1870 and 1914, jobs were plentiful in growing American cities, such as Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Some Italian workers who migrated to Pennsylvania worked at a number of different jobs—a luxury practically unheard of in Italy—before settling into one. Other workmen
were encouraged to come by the hope that they could find a market for such skills as barbering, tailoring, stonecutting, goldsmithing and shoemaking, which they had learned in Italy.

Link to the full article and the source: "Italians in Pennsylvania", Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission < http://www.portal.state.pa.us/portal/server.pt/community/groups/4286/italians/471928 >

Image source: Library of Congress, Immigration...Italian < http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/immigration/italian2.html >

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