Audio Recordings "I didn't have the minimal idea of what I was coming to - I knew I was coming to America but not where."

Format Audio Recordings
Contributors Carroll, Thomas D.
Granata, Giovanni "John
Dates 1994
Location New Jersey
United States
Language English
Subjects 21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
Emigration and Immigration
Granata Financial Service (Paterson, N.J.)
Italian Americans
Oral History
Sound Recordings
"I didn't have the minimal idea of what I was coming to - I knew I was coming to America but not where."
Contributor Names
Granata, Giovanni "John" (Narrator)
Carroll, Thomas D. (Interviewer)
Created / Published
Subject Headings
-  Emigration and Immigration
-  Italian Americans
-  Oral history
-  Interviews
-  Sound recordings
-  21st Avenue (Paterson, N. J.)
-  Granata Financial Service (Paterson, N.J.)
-  Ethnography
-  United States -- New Jersey -- Paterson
-  Interview with John Granata, owner, Granata Financial Service.
-  Summary of audio segment: JG's father died in 1974, mother felt she was alone, had to raise two boys. Her parents were alive in Italy, so she went back to Italy. But it didn't work out. Went from a city (Caracas) to a small town in Italy, and there was "culture shock". The mentality was different. JG tried to adapt, couldn't. So JG went to US, mother pleased. Then mother and brother followed him to US. JG is bilingual. Went to high school and 2 years college in Italy. Why Paterson? JG says his aunt was from Paterson, he had no choice. It was not deliberate that he came here.
Digital Audio Tape
Call Number
AFC 1995/028: WIP-TDC-A001
Source Collection
Working in Paterson Project Collection (AFC 1995/028)
American Folklife Center
Digital Id

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