This article appears on The Italian Tribune.
The Early Years – 1930s
The year was 1931, the country was in the worst economic depression of its 155 years. The great immigration was over, but many Italians still struggled and strove to make the lives of their families better. Those that had jobs worked hard for little pay and, if they felt fortune if they were able to work long hours. Italian Americans – often first generation citizens, grew vegetables where ever they could, even in the cities, any spare plot of land was put to use to raise vegetables. It was in this environment that The Italian Tribune began, as a small weekly newspaper covering the Italian neighborhood in Newark, NJ.
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