Italian Americans

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Italian Americans (italoamericani or italo-americani ) are an ethnic group consisting of Americans who have ancestry from Italy.wikipedia
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English Americans

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Italian Americans are the fourth largest ethnic group of European Americans behind German Americans, Irish Americans and English Americans.
Since 1776, English-Americans have been less likely to proclaim their heritage in the face of the upsurge of cultural and ethnic pride by African Americans, Irish Americans, Scottish Americans, Italian Americans or other ethnic groups.

Luigi Palma di Cesnola

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The Garibaldi Guard recruited volunteers for the Union Army from Italy and other European countries to form the 39th New York Infantry Six Italian Americans received the Medal of Honor during the war, among whom was Colonel Luigi Palma di Cesnola, who later became the first Director of the Metropolitan Museum of Arts in New York (1879-1904).
Luigi Palma di Cesnola (July 29, 1832 – November 20, 1904), an Italian-American soldier, diplomat and amateur archaeologist, was born in Rivarolo Canavese, near Turin.

Sabato Morais

In 1886, Rabbi Sabato Morais, a Jewish Italian immigrant, was one of the founders and first president of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in New York.
Sabato Morais (April 13, 1823 – November 11, 1897) was an Italian-American rabbi, leader of Mikveh Israel Synagogue, pioneer of Italian Jewish Studies in America, and founder of the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City.

Pietro Cesare Alberti

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The first Italian to reside in America was Pietro Cesare Alberti, a Venetian seaman who, in 1635, settled in what would eventually become New York City.
Pietro Cesare Alberti (1608–1655) — later Peter Caesar Alburtus — was a Venetian immigrant to the Dutch colony of New Amsterdam, commonly regarded as the first Italian American settler in what is now New York State.

Joseph Cataldo

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The Jesuit Giuseppe Cataldo, founded Gonzaga College (now Gonzaga University) in Spokane, Washington in 1887.
Joseph Mary Cataldo S.J. (March 17, 1837 – April 9, 1928) was an Italian-American Jesuit priest, a pioneer missionary in the inland Pacific Northwest, who also founded Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

Mulberry Street (Manhattan)

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The New York Times in May 1896 sent its reporters to characterize the Little Italy/Mulberry neighborhood:
It is historically associated with Italian-American culture and history, and in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was the heart of Manhattan's Little Italy.

Giuseppe Mario Bellanca

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Another Italian immigrant, Giuseppe Bellanca, brought with him in 1912 an advanced aircraft design, which he began producing.
Giuseppe Mario Bellanca (March 19, 1886 – December 26, 1960) was an Italian-American airplane designer and builder who created the first enclosed-cabin monoplane in the United States in 1922.

Ralph DePalma

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Ralph DePalma won the Indianapolis 500 in 1915.
Raffaele "Ralph" De Palma (December 18, 1882 – March 31, 1956) was an Italian-American racecar driving champion who won the 1915 Indianapolis 500.

Arizona

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5) Italian (4.6%).

Salvatore A. Cotillo

Salvatore A. Cotillo was the first Italian-American to serve in both houses of the New York State Legislature and the first who served as Justice of the New York State Supreme Court.
Elected in 1912, he was the first Italian-American to serve in both houses of the New York State Legislature and the first who served as Justice of the New York State Supreme Court.

Joseph James Ettor

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Numerous Italian Americans were at the forefront in fighting for worker's rights in industries such as the mining, textiles and garment industries, the most notable among these being Arturo Giovannitti, Carlo Tresca and Joseph Ettor.
Joseph James "Smiling Joe" Ettor (1885–1948) was an Italian-American trade union organizer who, in the middle-1910s, was one of the leading public faces of the Industrial Workers of the World.

Vito Marcantonio

On the far left Vito Marcantonio was first elected to Congress in 1934 from New York.
Vito Anthony Marcantonio (December 10, 1902 – August 9, 1954) was an Italian-American lawyer and leftist politician.

Frank Sinatra

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Popular singers of the period included Russ Columbo, who established a new singing style that influenced Frank Sinatra and other singers that followed. Scores of Italian Americans became well known singers in the post-war period, including: Frank Sinatra, Mario Lanza, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine, Bobby Darin, Julius La Rosa, and Connie Francis.
Born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian Americans, Sinatra began his musical career in the swing era with bandleaders Harry James and Tommy Dorsey.

Frank Capra

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The film industry of this era included Frank Capra, who received three Academy Awards for directing.
Frank Russell Capra (born Francesco Rosario Capra; May 18, 1897 – September 3, 1991) was an Italian American film director, producer and writer who became the creative force behind some of the major award-winning films of the 1930s and 1940s.

Arturo Giovannitti

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Numerous Italian Americans were at the forefront in fighting for worker's rights in industries such as the mining, textiles and garment industries, the most notable among these being Arturo Giovannitti, Carlo Tresca and Joseph Ettor.
Arturo M. Giovannitti (Ripabottoni 1884 - New York City 1959) was an Italian-American union leader, socialist political activist, and poet.

Tony Lazzeri

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Tony Lazzeri and Frank Crosetti started playing for the New York Yankees in 1926.
Anthony Michael Lazzeri (December 6, 1903 – August 6, 1946) was an Italian-American professional baseball second baseman during the 1920s and 1930s, predominantly with the New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.

Joe DiMaggio

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Joe DiMaggio, who was destined to become one of the most famous players in baseball history, began playing for the New York Yankees in 1936.
Born to Italian immigrants in California, he is widely considered one of the greatest baseball players of all time, and is perhaps best known for his 56-game hitting streak (May 15 – July 16, 1941), a record that still stands.

Joseph Barbera

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Italian American cartoonists were responsible for some of the most popular animated characters: Donald Duck was created by Al Taliaferro, Woody Woodpecker was a creation of Walter Lantz (Lanza), Casper the Friendly Ghost was co-created by Joseph Oriolo, and Tom and Jerry was co-created by Joseph Barbera.
He was born to Italian immigrants in New York City, where he lived, attended college, and began his career through his young adult years.

New York City

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The first Italian to reside in America was Pietro Cesare Alberti, a Venetian seaman who, in 1635, settled in what would eventually become New York City.
By 1900, Germans constituted the largest immigrant group, followed by the Irish, Jews, and Italians.

Simon Rodia

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Simon Rodia, an immigrant construction worker, built the Watts Towers over a period of 33 years, from 1921 to 1954.
Sabato "Simon" Rodia (February 12, 1879 – July 17, 1965) was an Italian-American artist who created the Watts Towers, or, as he called them, Nuestro Pueblo (Our Town, in Spanish), a Los Angeles landmark.

Al Smith

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In politics, Al Smith (Ferrara) was the first governor of New York of Italian ancestry--although the media characterized him as an Irish Catholic.
His four grandparents were Irish, German, Italian, and Anglo-Irish, but Smith identified with the Irish-American community and became its leading spokesman in the 1920s.

Mazzini Society

Anti-fascist Italian expatriates in the United States founded the Mazzini Society in Northampton, Massachusetts in September 1939 to work toward ending Fascist rule in Italy.
The Mazzini Society was an antifascist political association, formed on a democratic and republican basis, situating itself within the tradition of the Risorgimento, and created in the United States by Italian-American immigrants in the late 1930s.

Connie Francis

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Scores of Italian Americans became well known singers in the post-war period, including: Frank Sinatra, Mario Lanza, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine, Bobby Darin, Julius La Rosa, and Connie Francis.
Francis was born to an Italian-American family in the Italian Down Neck, or Ironbound, neighborhood of Newark, New Jersey, the first child of George Franconero, Sr., and Ida Franconero (née Ferrari-di Vito), spending her first years in a Brooklyn neighborhood on Utica Avenue/St.

Tony Bennett

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Scores of Italian Americans became well known singers in the post-war period, including: Frank Sinatra, Mario Lanza, Perry Como, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Frankie Laine, Bobby Darin, Julius La Rosa, and Connie Francis.
Born and raised in Astoria to an Italian-American family, Bennett began singing at an early age.

Gian Carlo Menotti

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Classical and operatic composers John Corigliano, Norman Dello Joio, David Del Tredici, Paul Creston, Dominick Argento, and Gian Carlo Menotti were honored with Pulitzer Prizes and Grammy Awards.
Gian Carlo Menotti (July 7, 1911 – February 1, 2007) was an Italian-American composer and librettist.