Mt. Carmel St. Cristina Society

Discrimination Against Italian Immigrants

Did you know...

That like all immigrant groups, the Italians had to deal with discrimination? The new Italians that came to America were despised most of all by the Irish who preceded them in the United States. Naturally, immigrants who had been here awhile looked down on all future immigrants, and the Irish had the Italians to kick around. Both groups were usually Catholic and may have even attended the same church, but the Irish condemned the Italian superstitions, religious feasts, saint-worship, and statue-worship. But most of all, the Irish resented the Italians for taking their jobs away by working cheaper or by acting as strike breakers.