Italian Ephemera Website Review

Authored by Karen Beverly

Website created by Cassandra Benedict and Liza Young

A flyer of a performance by pianist Camillo Baucia

A flyer of a performance by Camillo Baucia obtained from the Center for Migration Studies.

This website showcases the journey of an Italian-American immigrant in New York City during the late 19th and early 20th centuries and his quest for the pursuit of happiness in his newfound home.  Though there were numerous ways that many immigrants found joy and contentment, this particular collection focuses on the happiness found in the outlet of music.

This collection is arranged in the context of the Italian immigrant in his three forms:  “The Proud Italian” who continued to maintain and preserve his Italian roots (such as listening to Camillo Baucia, whose flyer is pictured left), “The Outsider” who did not want to sacrifice his opinions, and last but certainly not least, “The American Hero” who eventually was accepted and assimilated into the society that surrounded him.  Accompanied by a small selection of audio, this site allows any user who wishes to listen the opportunity to experience a small piece of the past through music.

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