Lesson #9 – Class 1

From January 20th to the 30th, 2021, Riccardo Paratore took over our Instagram account @fiorucciartrust. Follow him through his journey exploring Italian heritage in the Americas and northern Europe.

Contributions by Rosa Aiello, Victoria Colmegna, Peter Fischli and Tomás Nervi.




Following the Italian unification, more than a million Italians, most of them from southern and central Italy, peasants and men with traditional skills, leave for America.

American stereotypes of the Italians lead to their racist portrayal in the media and discrimination at work place. Labour unions, radical- and even anarchist groups spring from the communities, some of which coalesce during the Prohibition: a major turning point for the Italian workers and their rise to power in American society.