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EAF 228: Social Foundations of Education: Italian Americans

Selected Books

American Education and the European Immigrant: 1840-1940
See American Education and the Italian Immigrant Response, starting on page 61.

The Education of an Urban Minority: Catholics in Chicago, 1833-1965
Although there is more about the Irish, look in the index for the pages specifically related to Italians.

History of Immigrant Female Students in Chicago Public Schools, 1900--1950
This link leads to a citation for a doctoral dissertation completed at the Univerity of Illinois/Urbana.  To the right of the screen, you will see a link to the "Full Text-PDF".  This is over 200 pages, so you won't want to print the whole dissertation.  Look at the table of contents starting on page vii.  There is a great deal of background information as well as chapters devoted to specific ethnic groups.

Documentary History of the Italian Americans
See Jane Addams classic paper, Italian Children in the Primary Grades, written in 1987, on pages 306-312.

Ethnic Differences: Schooling and Social Structure Among the Irish, Italians, Jews, and Blacks in an American City, 1880-1935
Although this book is essentially a scholarly treatment of the situation in one city (Providence, RI), it provides some general observations that may be useful.

Facts About American Immigration
Note that this is a Reference book.  It is located on the main floor and cannot be taken from the library.  Although not related to education, there is good background information about immigrants from Italy starting on page 207.

Immigrant Perspectives on Work and Schooling: Eastern European Jews and Southern Italians, 1880-1920
This link leads to a citation for a doctoral dissertation completed at Stanford University.  To the right of the screen, you will see a link to the "Full Text-PDF".  This is well over 200 pages, so you won't want to print the whole dissertation.  The conclusion at the end of the dissertation may be most relevant part for this assignment.

Irish-American and Italian-American Educational Views and Activities, 1870-1900 : A Comparison

One Best System: A History of  American Urban Education / David B. Tyack
See section on "Americanization: Match and Mismatch" starting on page 229

Peasants and Strangers: Italians, Rumanians, and Slovaks in an American City, 1890-1950
Look in the index for "education."  Also, chapter 6, starting on page 117 is "Sources of Mobility: Family and Education."

Gale Encyclopedia of Multicultural America
Volume 2: see particularly "Acculturation and Assimilation" starting on p. 769.