Struggle and Success: An Anthology of the Italian Immigrant Experience in California
Edited by Paola A. Sensi-Isolani and Phylis Cancilla Martinelli
Struggle and Success presents an overview of the Italian immigrant experience in California. Drawing on original research and previously published, but generally unavailable material, the volume covers, wherever possible, all parts of the state and documents individual successes as well as the far more common struggles and failures of Italian immigrants. The Italian immigrant experience in California is varied and complex, pervaded by an ambiguity which makes generalizations difficult. Because the volume addresses this ambiguity, it provides a more accurate assessment of Italian immigration to California than previous literature which has by and large portrayed this experience in triumphant terms.