Vendetta: The True Story of the Largest Lynching in U.S. History

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Guernica Editions, 2000 - History - 198 pages
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Eleven Italian Americans were lynched in New Orleans on March 14, 1891, by a mob of twenty thousand people, gathered together by the political, business, and labor elites a day after a jury acquitted six Italian Americans of the murder of the city's police chief. No one was charged or punished for this injustice. The lynching caused a disconnect between the president and congress of the United States, and Washington and Rome. The crisis was used by nativists to restrict immigration and to repress immigrant populations and also introduced a new word to the American vocabulary: mafia.
 

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Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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Section 4
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Section 5
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Section 6
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Section 7
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Section 8
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
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Section 16
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Section 17
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Section 18
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Section 19
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Section 20
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Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 21
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Section 22
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Richard Gambino is Professor Emeritus at Queens College of the City University of New York (CUNY), and holds a PhD in philosophy from New York University. He was appointed to the United States Bicentennial Commission by President Gerald Ford in 1975. He served, by appointment of Governor Mario Cuomo, on the New York State Council on the Humanities from 1984 to 1992. In 1988, he was awarded New York City' s Leonardo Da Vinci Award by Mayor Ed Koch. He was a full-time visiting professor at SUNY/Stony Brook for seven semesters in the mid-1990s. In 1999, HBO made a fictionalized feature film based on his non-fiction book, Vendetta, about the largest lynching in U.S. history, starring Christopher Walken, Ed Hermann and Bruce Davison. His play about Walt Whitman, Camerado, was performed in the Hamptons on Long Island, and his play, The Trial of Pius XII was performed there twice. Both plays were very well received by audiences. In 2009, the New York State Press Association gave Gambino a First Place Award for years of his special features newspaper writings. The citation with the award sums up what he attempts in all his writings: "In an age of instant messaging and short attention spans, this is a refreshing display of real writing, style, substance and organization. His dry, wry wit and universal commentary are engaging and educational.

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