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Old 08-04-2012, 05:12 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Shipping/Fishing. There was actually a huge incident way back, where the locals rounded up a bunch of Italian laborers and lynched them.
Another big factor was owners of sugar cane fields were recruiting Italians to work on the fields that are upriver from New Orleans. Most Italians only worked for a few years on the fields and then a lot established fruit stands and other things. The lynching was because some mafia guys killed the New Orleans police chief in 1891 and the perpetrators bribed/intimidated the jury and were found not guilty. So the citizens of the city were angry and stormed the prison and killed 11 Italians.
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Old 08-04-2012, 10:19 PM
 
Location: PG County, MD
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I'm not sure if there ever was that many Italian Americans in Maryland, though lititly (Little Italy) is still strong in Baltimore.
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