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From Sojourners to Citizens: Alberta's Italian History
Guernica Editions, Spring 2021
416 pages
ePub (eBook)
ISBN13: 9781771836555
ISBN10: 1771836555
$12.95 Canada, $9.95 US, £7.95 UK

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From Sojourners to Citizens: Alberta's Italian History brings to life the untold story of Italian immigrants in Alberta from the 1880s to the present. It places them in the narrative of province building from work on railways, mines and other industries to breaking the land for agriculture. Oral history excerpts allow the men, women and children to speak for themselves. What emerges is an unquenchable desire to make good, and overcome intolerable working conditions and discrimination, which culminated with enemy alien designation and internment during the Second World War. The book also provides an exploration of the impact of Government of Canada's multicultural policy on the process of assimilation for the post-war influx of immigrants. It offers a prototype of an immigrant community's movement from marginalization to the mainstream.
Fathers and sons, brothers, cousins and townsmen came together and sponsored others. In some instances, labour agents or padroni acted as middle men promising jobs and advancing monies for fares, food and accommodation. They recruited in their home town or region.

Books by Adriana A. Davies

From Sojourners to Citizens: Alberta's Italian History