Audio Recordings "My folks came over from Italy."

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Basileo, Angelo
McCarl, Robert
Dates 1994
Location Haledon
New Jersey
United States
Language English
Subjects Emigration and Immigration
Italian Americans
Oral History
Sound Recordings
Work Ethic
"My folks came over from Italy."
Contributor Names
Basileo, Angelo (Narrator)
McCarl, Robert (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Emigration and Immigration
-  Italian Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  Retirees
-  Work ethic
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Haledon
-  Interview with Angelo Basileo at his home in Haledon, New Jersey.
-  Summary of audio segment: Angelo Basileo was born in Paterson. His folks came over from Italy in the 1890s and he was born in 1909, he is 85. He currently lives in New Haledon, NJ. He thinks they got married in U.S. They came via steerage and went through Ellis Island. Early family members sponsored other family members. His mother's brother came right to Paterson and he sponsored the rest of the family coming over. They settled in Paterson, and his mother's brother became a silk worker. His father used to work in a shoe factory in Italy. Father in shoe factory, silk mill, over the years his father went into silk and learned weaving too. Over the years he quit silk mill and opened his own shoe repair shop. They were never millionaires, always worked for a living. His mother never worked.
Analog Audio Cassette
Call Number
AFC 1995/028: WIP-RM-A008
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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