Southern Italian Immigrants

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“Italian immigration hit a peak in the 1800’s totaling an astounding four million.” A great majority of these immigrants came from southern Italy. Political and economic oppressions dwindled resources for the southern Italian. Running out of opportunities many immigrated to America. Within America many faced similar struggles to that of home. Through these struggles Italians would thrive through the strength they found within their families. Southern Italy was very different from the North, The North was prosperous and full of culture. “Southern Italy was ruled by Spanish monarchy and was drowning in poverty”. The south sought unity with the north and believed they would find relief from the oppression of Spain. Unfortunately, the unity of
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