Forgiven, not Forgotten: the Detainment of Italian Americans in WWII

Buried in the pages of U.S. history, we explore the nation's treatment of immigrants in wartime.

The following article, written by Laura Smith, appears on

The shameful treatment of Italian immigrants during WWII shows America’s propensity for xenophobic hysteria

Their movements were restricted, their homes raided; in some cases, they were interned

The men in suits were at the Maiorana family’s Monterey, California, home again. Mike, the family’s young son, watched as the agents rummaged through their belongings in search of guns, cameras, and shortwave radios. And again, they found nothing.

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