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When America Barred Italians

Twelve years ago, I began researching a family murder that happened in Southern Italy in the 19th century.

It took a decade to find the details of the crime, but the facts I uncovered about the daily life of my ancestors and the racism they faced — even from their own countrymen — were more shocking than the killing.

Migration 1a Emiliano Ponzi LLLLIn today’s climate of refugee bans and xenophobia, the facts have taken on a new urgency and…

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