"I have so many fond memories of my family. It warms my heart to see their pictures on the cover." God bless, Gina
"Looking forward to the book ... it's always exciting to read about the history of Little Italy. My father came to America in 1919 and had such interesting stories to tell about the neighborhood." Toni DiLiello Surock
Almost 200 captivating vintage photos submitted by descendants of Italian immigrants who settled in Baltimore tell a partial history of Baltimore's Italian community, both in and out of Little Italy. Arcadia Publishing publication date 11/2/2020.
ON THE BACK COVER: Italian immigrants flocked to America beginning in the mid-1800s unaware of the hardships ahead, much like the harsh conditions they left behind in Italy. Despite discrimination, scarce employment, hunger, and drudgery, they courageously established trades, businesses, parishes, and solid family life in neighborhood enclaves nearly identical to their native villages. Close to two centuries later, Baltimore’s thriving Italian community marvels at the grit and backbone of their families in their conquest of Americanization. Fortified by love of today’s famiglia, food, traditions, faith, and close-knit community, Baltimore Italians celebrate their ethnicity while celebrating those before them. These captivating photographs – cherished and generously shared by families of Baltimore’s Italian immigrants – offer a briefyet fascinating insight into some of their rich history: who came from which village, how they paved the way, the jobs they worked, how they grew up, and the bravery displayed as they fought in wars for the United States. They did not sacrifice their birthright to become American; instead, they humbly added to it and called themselves Italian Americans. Baltimorean Suzanna Rosa Molino is the author of Baltimore’s Little Italy: Heritage and History of The Neighborhood and The Italian Immigrants’ Daughter(co-authored with her mamma). Molino is the founder and volunteer director of the nonprofit Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore. What fuels her writing about Italian heritage is a rich pride and profound passion in being Italian – the granddaughter of four immigrants from Vasto, Abruzzo and Luras, Sardinia.