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Italian American Periodicals at the Library of Congress

Trade and Labor Periodicals

David Alan Taylor, photographer. Eighteen-year-old Marianna Costa (second from left) and other textile workers march, in Washington, DC. Collection of Marianna Costa. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.

This section of the guide provides a brief overview and listing of periodicals dealing with trade and labor issues of interest to Italian American communities. Rather than having a cultural or political focus, these publications catered to various American professional associations such as the International Ladies Garment Workers Union (ILGWU), Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (ACWA), Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), United Mine Workers of America (UMW or UMWA), American Federation of Labor (AFL), and other similar union organizations that appeared in the United States between the end of the 19th century and throughout the 20th century. Initially, Italian immigrants did not participate in these associations mainly because of the language barrier. The labor organizations and unions established local chapters with Italian-speaking representatives who could help motivate and integrate the Italian immigrants. These local associations also provided a means of uniting Italian workers to preserve their common cultural heritage while adapting to the new American work environment.1 Several periodicals, like the United Mine Workers Journal (1891), were directly affiliated with workers' unions. Others, such as La Gazzetta del Notaio Italo-Americano (1922), were intended to inform Italian immigrants of notarial and legal matters.

Select the title of any periodical listed below to view fuller bibliographic information for that item in the Library of Congress Online Catalog. Links to electronic versions are provided when available. Links to full-text articles available through the subscription databases in the Library of Congress E-Resources Online Catalog are only accessible onsite. Also, see the "Databases & External Websites" section of this guide.

  1. Luconi, Stefano. "Crossing Borders on the Picket Line: Italian-American Workers and the 1912 Strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts." Italian Americana 28, no. 2 (2010): 149-61. (from the subscription database JSTOR available onsite).External Back to text