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Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Italian-American Internment for
showing that most of these people were American citizens.
They were imprisoned for one reason, they were
Italians. This was pure RACISM.

Italian-American Internment

Italian-American Internment (2000) - 50 minutes
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The 50-year period between 1880 and 1924 saw a human wave of Italian immigrants arrive in the United States. Prior to World War I, almost one quarter of Italy's population emigrated from that country. Forced to flee a stifling combination of depressing social, economic, and political conditions, more than 500-thousand Italians came to this county in 1901 alone. By 1910 1,300,000 had arrived and the next decade brought another 1,100,000 million. Italians had become the largest immigrant group in the United States. The Statue of Liberty, which had greeted the arriving masses as a beacon of a hopeful new life, would soon cast a shadow over a different group of "huddled masses": arrested and imprisoned Italian enemy aliens.

4-1-19 New Orleans mayor to apologise for 1891 lynching of Italian-Americans
The city of New Orleans has announced it will apologise for the lynching of 11 Italian-Americans in 1891. Some of the victims had been accused of murdering a police chief, but were acquitted after a trial. Angry about the verdict, a mob of racist vigilantes in the city attacked and publicly hanged them. Mayor LaToya Cantrell is due to apologise for the killing - believed to be the largest recorded lynching in US history - on 12 April. Commissioner David Hennessy - a police chief in New Orleans - was ambushed and killed by four men near his home in October 1890. It is thought that with his dying words, he blamed the attack on Italian immigrants. A large Italian community had moved to the city after the civil war and the abolition of slavery, to take up jobs that had formerly been done by slaves. Following Hennessy's death, officials rounded up Italian immigrants - according to some reports, they apprehended thousands. Nine men ended up going to trial in February and March the following year. Six of these men were acquitted, and the othe three cases ended in a hung jury. Then on 14 March, a large mob stormed the jail where the men were being held, dragged them out and killed them. John Fratta, from the Order of the Sons of Italy, says the apology is about making people more aware of the episode - particularly because "they don't teach this in schools". (Webmaster's comment: The mass hanging of 38 Dakota Indian men was conducted on December 26, 1862, in Mankato, Minnesota; it was the largest mass execution in United States history. And 3,446 black men, women and children were lynched in ther United States from 1882-1968. Many more were simply murdered.)

Italian-American Internment

Sioux Falls Free Thinkers endorse Italian-American Internment for
showing that many of these people were American citizens.
They were imprisoned for one reason, they were
Italians. This was pure RACISM.