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Old 06-24-2017, 02:44 PM
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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This is an article about Italian immigrants to Arkansas.
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Old 06-24-2017, 09:02 PM
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Thanks for the interesting article. I actually know some of the mentioned people in the article and many more in both lake village, Greenville and tonitown.
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Old 06-25-2017, 04:15 AM
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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thanks, what an interesting article. I had no idea except for the immigration to Tonitown, It is amazing what we can learn with a little research. thanks again.
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Old 06-27-2017, 04:35 PM
Location: South Jersey
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Cool. Everyone thinks of the early Italian-American experience as an urban one, but that's frequently not the case. For example, just consider the Italian part shaping California's wine industry. I have Italian ancestors who were originally coal miners in rural Pennsylvania.

When Edmondo Mayor des Planches, the Italian ambassador, visited in 1905, Tontitown was thriving. Its residents were “happy, contented, prosperous”, des Planches wrote. “Italy, the place of their birth, was their mother, while America was their wife. They have reverence for the former, but love for the latter.”
Excellent quote, and it's definitely true--and remains so--of Italian-Americans in general (just substitute "place of their birth" for "ancestral homeland").
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Old 06-28-2017, 07:58 AM
Location: Fargo ND
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I believe there is also a section of the gulf coast in Mississippi that has a large Italian population

"Italians from Sicily settled as families along the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Biloxi, Ocean Springs, and Gulfport"

Italians in Mississippi | Mississippi History Now

Andrew H. Longino -governor of Mississippi from 1900 to 1904- who was the first governor of a US southern State to be with Italian roots.

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Old 06-28-2017, 09:20 AM
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In addition to the earlier Italians who wound up at Tontitown, in 1915, another group of Italians settled in northwestern Pulaski County, just south of Wye Mountain, which became known as Little Italy. During Prohibition, their wine did quite well, though the commercial vineyards are gone now. However, descendants of these folks can still be found in the area, and St Francis Catholic Church hosts a heritage festival featuring a spaghetti dinner with heirloom spaghetti sauce each year, and some residents continue to grow grapes for their own use.

There are some good books about Little Italy - see native Christopher Dorer's "Images of America: Little Italy, Arkansas" for a good starter.
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