The Italians of Chicago

This blog is related to the documentary, "And They Came To Chicago: The Italian American Legacy," a program on the history of Italians in Chicago produced by Modio Media. For more information please visit our web site www.italiansofchicago

Monday, August 07, 2006

Welcome to "And They Came To Chicago: The Italian American Legacy"

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

While it is too late for this project the LaSalle Peru Oglesby Spring Valley area in north central Illinois (and the smaller surrounding communities) had many Italian immigrants that came to work the coal mines and later the cement mills. Many were from northern Italy including my parents. Some of those moved to Highwood and settled there once the mines closed.
The entire area was settled by immigrants not only from Italy but also from Poland, Ireland and Slovania.
I am also interested in a project about the various dialects spoken by the Italians that came over. Most were uneducated and the dialect was the spoken language for them. I always thought that I spoke Italian until I finally realized that I spoke a dialect. Sadly those dialects are being lost.
An excellent project for those of us who, as stated by the priest in your video, consider American as our mother and Italy as our grandmother. Ciao

May 29, 2007 at 4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i've seen it and its great. thanks for the info!

February 21, 2008 at 3:19 AM  

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