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Festa della Liberazione: A panel discussion on Italy’s Liberation Day


When: Sunday, April 24, 2016 – 3:30 p.m. Where: I AM Books, 189 North Street, Boston MA Light refreshments will be served Keynote Talk Professor David Ward from Wellesley College – Professor Ward will go over the civil war experience, the collective memory of it, and the importance it has in today’s Italian anthropological identity. Panel Professor Lucy Maulsby – Northeastern University & Harvard’s Center for European Studies – Expert in the architectural legacy of fascism in postwar Italy. Professor Spencer Di Scala – University of Massachusetts Boston – Renowned history professor whose research concentrates on modern Italian history. Professor ...

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World War II and the North End


In his book, International Conflict in an American City: Boston’s Irish, Italians, and Jews, 1935-1944, Rodney Stark discusses the conflicts between Irish, Italians, Blacks, and Jews before and during World War II. The book is a reminder that a war which eventually became a paradigm of ethnic unity was preceded by often acrimonious inter-ethnic battles about the fascism, the Italian invasion of Ethiopia, Roosevelt’s’ WPA, Mexican anti-clericalism, and growing anti-Semitism. We get some insight into this in some letters between William Foote Whyte and North Ender Frank Luongo, which I found in Whyte’s archives at Cornell University. Whyte, who had ...

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