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March 4, 2008

“Bitter Rice”, “The Earth Trembles” and “The Italian/American State of Mind”(culture)

Tom Verso
The Women of Tci Trezza

In film literature, the essence of the Southern Question is dramatically demonstrated by the juxtaposition of two late 1940’s Italian films “Bitter Rice” and “The Earth...

February 17, 2008

Captain Correlli’s Mandolin - The dialectical unity of the Italian man’s contradictory ‘state of mind’

Tom Verso
Italian Soldiers Surrendering

Hollywood, the ultimate purveyor of majority culture, recast the 1930’s macho gangsters into Frank Sinatra acting the Italian American Gunga Din, in “From Here to Eternity.”

February 9, 2008

“Sicilian Lights on Roman Origins”

Tom Verso
Romulus and Remus

Romulus and Remus were Sicilians?

February 2, 2008

“Off the Boat” - Then and Now

Tom Verso
Italians approaching Ellis Island

Scholars have failed to differentiate two different Italian American “states of mind” and the cultural and sociological implications of that dichotomy.

January 13, 2008

Child Slavery in Sicily 1910

Tom Verso
Sulphur mine carusi

“The cruelties to which the child slaves of Sicily have been subjected are as bad as anything reported of the cruelties of Negro slavery.” Booker Taliaferro Washington:...

January 5, 2008

Sicilian Vespers and the history of the Flag of Sicily

Tom Verso
Flag of Sicily

...when that Frenchman laid his hands on that Sicilian woman the whole island of Sicily screamed in unison – “ABBASTANZA!” The revolution that came to be known as the...

January 1, 2008

‘A Precious Patch of Dirt’ - Southern Italians in Mississippi and Rochester, NY

Tom Verso

"The Italian is so jealous of every foot of land; he will use a hoe in places too small to be worked with a plough”