Videos for the Classroom: Lynchings of Italians in the 19th-20th Centuries

This clip is extremely disturbing to watch, so please use caution in your classrooms.

To buttress my argument from last week, i.e. images of Italians, I’m enclosing a clip from a documentary about the Italian-American experience.  This segment deals mostly with the 1891 New Orleans lynching of Italians, but also has brutal images of lynchings all across the American South. 

According to the documentary, 39 Italians were lynched before World War I, mostly due to their “non-white” nature.

Before Pauly D and Mike “The Situation from MTV’s Jersey Shore start throwing their Italianness around like a gob of hair gel, maybe they should look at the sacrifices their ancestors made in order for them to enjoy their “lifestyle.”

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3 responses to “Videos for the Classroom: Lynchings of Italians in the 19th-20th Centuries

  1. Excellent clip on an incident worth remembering [for the record, the Hennessy killing was in October 1890, not in February as presented in the film].

  2. Courtney M

    I am writing an essay on this topic for a cultural diversity class. I would like to use this video as a resource. However, there is no information to cite it. I was wondering if you might tell me where I could find the information to cite it.

    Thank You

  3. Courtney M

    actually nevermind, I found it already. Thank you for posting this though.

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