While researching a "prequel" novel to Mario Puzo's "The Godfather," Virginia Tech English professor Ed Falco came across some disturbing bits of long-buried Italian American history. Among other things, he learned that anti-Italian sentiment during the late-19th century wave of immigration from Europe was uglier and more violent than he had realized, with lynchings, rioting and mass arrests of Italian immigrants, he writes. In an essay for CNN, Falco writes that he was reminded of present-day sentiments against Muslims and other immigrants:
Remembering a time when Italians were targets of anti-immigrant sentiment
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