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Italians of the North End : A History of Grit, Perseverance & Tradition - Patricia Annino

Italians of the North End

A History of Grit, Perseverance & Tradition

By: Patricia Annino

Paperback | 19 February 2024

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The North End - Boston's "Little Italy" - is an enclave with a rich history and a culture rooted in family, food and faith.

Once home to hardworking immigrant families from Italy, it was also the neighborhood of Sacco and Vanzetti, Charles Ponzi and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. Organizations like the North End Industrial Home and the North Benet Street School helped to educate and serve the community. With St. Leonard's of Port Maurice Church at its heart, la via vecchia (the old way) is woven through its narrow, winding streets, brick buildings, restaurants and pastry shops. Today, neighbors and tourists alike meet for coffee and cannolis, unaware of the neighborhood's complex history.

Local author and resident Patricia Annino reveals the resilient journey from one of America's poorest slums to a place of opportunity.

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