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Comment: Very Good; Text in English (278 pages). Soft cover. Very good condition, tight binding, unmarked pages. Describes the working-class experiences of those who came to Toronto from southern Italy between 1946 and 1965, focusing on the relations between newly arrived immigrant workers and their families. In addition to conducting numerous interviews with some of the immigrants, Iacovetta has drawn on recent scholarship in immigration, family, labor studies, oral history, and women's history. Bookshelf S-123. Keywords: Anthropology; Canada; Cultural; Ethnic; Ethnology; History; Immigrants; Italians; Non-Fiction; Social Science; Toronto
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Such Hardworking People: Italian Immigrants in Postwar Toronto Paperback – May 21 1993

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  • Paperback: 328 pages
  • Publisher: Institute for Research on Public Policy; New edition edition (May 21 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773511458
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773511453
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #445,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Written from a feminist perspective, Such Hardworking People is a social history weaving together the many strands of personal storytelling, anecdotal evidence, newspaper reports, even the occasional quotation from the dehumanizing language of immigration contracts calling for "bulk" orders of immigrants, preferably not from southern Italy ... For the children of these immigrants Such Hardworking People is a timely reminder of the source of their wealth. For the general reader, Iacovetta has written a thoroughly researched and fascinating story of the historical interplay between communal values and personal success." Damiano Pietropaolo, Globe and Mail. "A scholarly but approachable study of how immigrant Italians put down their roots in postwar Toronto, lovingly written by a feminist daughter of those hardworking people.'" Ted Mumford, Toronto Life "Iacovetta has unearthed much that has been relatively unknown. A scholar of growing respect, she has written more extensively than anyone else on a hitherto neglected aspect of the Italian immigrant experience ... Existing documents have not only been exhaustively studied but are supplemented with interviews which give the work life and colour." Kenneth Bagnell, author of Canadese: A Portrait of Italian Canadians. "Perceptive and sensitive ... a very good fusion of Canadian immigration, ethnic, labour, and women's history ... Iacovetta has skilfully integrated information from over seventy interviews; the most revealing comments come from these." Don Avery, Department of History, University of Western Ontario.

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