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Mitchell, Mary N.
For over one hundred and sixty years, the Italian immigrants settling in Louisiana have been the subject of much scholarly research. The newly-arrived immigrants showed a propensity for hard work, and natives of the region expected them to eventually assimilate into their new surroundings. However, Italians held little understanding of race relations between blacks and whites in Louisiana as well as in the South. Because of this ignorance, the Italians suffered social, political, and racial discrimination at the hands of the white power structure in Louisiana. This discrimination culminated with several violent incidents against Italians which exposed the motives behind white control of Louisiana.
Gauthreaux, Alan, "An Inhospitable Land: Anti-Italian Sentiment and Violence in Louisiana, 1891-1924" (2007). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 515.