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Pittsburgh, PA. Michael P. Weber Oral History Transcripts, Archives of Industrial Society, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. Kennedy, David M. 1999. Freedom from fear: The American people in Depression and war, 1929–1945. New York: Oxford University Press. Luconi, Stefano. 2002a. La partecipazione politica in America del Nord. In Storia dell’emigrazione italiana: Arrivi, ed. Piero Bevilacqua, Andreina De Clementi, and Emilio Franzina, 489–506. Rome: Donzelli. ———. 2002b. Little Italies e New Deal: La coalizione rooseveltiana e il voto italo-americano a Filadelfia e Pittsburgh.

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S. Ambassador to Italy, Thomas M. ”25 Yet, by the mid-1930s, a Democratic machine had started to operate in Philadelphia. As one of its Italian American workers, Paul D’Ortona, who was to become chairman of the city council in the postwar years, has remembered, “we were active at Christmas time. ”28 The dire need for work in hard times, given widespread unemployment, made many Italian Americans, too, dependent on Democratic patronage and forced them to barter their votes for the party’s spoils.

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