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Giuseppe Emilio Rocconi's life narrative, The Story of My Life (1958), represents the hardships of immigration and assimilation through meditations on home, family, and religion. I read his narrative in contrast with white elite narratives that express nostalgia for sharecropping and the segregation era. I see his narrative as a reflection upon the costs of integrating into the white patriarchal economy and his sense of being neither fully Italian nor fully American.
Santucci, Bethany, ""Against My Destiny": Reading an Italian Immigrant's Memoir in the Early 20th-century South" (2011). University of New Orleans Theses and Dissertations. 1344.