Such Hardworking People: Italian Immigrants in Postwar Toronto

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1993 - History - 278 pages
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Iacovetta examines the changes many had to face during the transition from peasant worker in an under-developed, rural economy to wage-earner in an urban, industrial society. Their experiences in Canada, she reveals, were shaped by class, gender, and ethnicity as well as familial responsibilities, government policies, and racism. In addition to conducting numerous interviews, Iacovetta has drawn on recent scholarship in immigration, family, labour studies, oral history, and women's history. Although both women and men struggled and were exploited, Iacovetta shows that they found innovative ways to recreate cherished rituals and customs from their homeland and managed to derive a sense of dignity and honour from the labours they performed.
 

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Contents

Southern Italy and Its Emigrants
3
Getting There
20
Men Work and the Family Economy
52
From Contadina to Woman Worker
77
Ethnic Intruders and Hardworking
103
Community Life
124
The Immigrant Strikes
154
Conclusion
197
Notes
223
Index
273
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