Italian Americans

 What follows is a multi-part story honoring the 200 anniversary of the birth of Constantino Brumidi, Artist of the Capitol. Part one

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Part Six (finale)

We offer two high quality books on Italian-Americans: one for young readers, the other a comprehensive history .

La Storia Five Centuries of the Italian American Experience by Jerre Mangione and Ben Morreale
From the beginning, Italians played a critical part in American history. Columbus was Italian, Amerigo Vespucci, the namesake of the continent was Italian; Italians joined expeditions of other governments as explorers, warriors, sailors, and soldiers. Later on they were the craftsmen, artisans, and businessmen who helped build our nation. This book also delves into the history of Italy; the reasons why people left, the "Little Italys" that they built in the new world, their battles against prejudice, and their power and influence in modern-day America in business, politics, culture, sports, and entertainment.
5½" x 8" 508 pages, index, photos, paperbound
#99 La Storia $18.95
 Italian Americans by Barry Moreno
Part of the "Coming to America" series, this book is an excellent way for youngsters to get an appreciation of their Italian heritage. The author relives the story of Italian immigrants to the U.S., the misery they suffered, their uncertain hope, their struggle for assimilation,and their enduring love of Italy and passion for family tradition which flourished in the Little Italies that developed across the U.S. This books has crisp prose and beautifully designed pages with vintage photos.
½" x 7½" 128 pages, index, illustrated, hardbound
#100 Italian Americans $14.95

 Constantino Brumidi Artist of the Capitol
by Barbara A. Wolanin, Curator of the Capitol
This is not just a biography of a great Italian-American, it is a colorful guidebook to the great frescoes and decorations in our national capitol. It goes into detail on his personal life: He was married several times, and left a wife and child in Italy when he emigrated to the U.S. Whenever work slowed down in the Capitol, Brumidi left DC to paint murals in other churches on the east coast. Includes a pull-out of the frieze that encircles the rotunda, and a chronology of Brumidi's life and work. This is an oversized, full-color, coffee-table type book.
8½" x 11" 254 pages, index, fully illustrated, paperbound
#113 Brumidi Artist of Capitol $45.95

 The original art of each Flashbacks story is for sale, as well as signed prints ideal for framing.
For prices, and to see what an original looks like,

Here are two volumes containing reproductions of Flashbacks cartoons:

 A Cartoon of the District of Columbia Flashbacks Volume One Patrick M. Reynolds brings history to life with a sense of humor. His exciting drawings put you on the scene with the conflicts, madness, plus the wheeling and dealing that resulted in the location and construction of the U.S. capital city. This book covers the early history of DC from 1776 to 1863. You'll be surprised at how many cities served as the U.S. capital; you'll be amazed that the city was built--despite all the bickering, petty jealousies, and down-right stupidity.
11¾" x 7½" 106 pages, full color illustrations, index,
paperbound ISBN 0-932514-31-6
#F1 Cartoon History of DC $25.00Cartoon History of DC

DC Neighborhoods Flashbacks Vol. Two Artist-writer Patrick M. Reynolds takes you to the Washington that tourists seldom see The U.S. capital expanded with the growth of public transportation into such areas as Shepard Park, Takoma Park, Chevy Chase, Kalorama, Dupont Circle, Adams Morgan, Capital Hill, LeDroit Park, Tenleytown, Brookland, and others. Stories in this book go back to the explorations of Capt. John Smith in the 1600s and the Indian Wars of early Virginia, continuing into the 20th century with the introduction of the cherry trees to Washington and the end of segregation in public schools.
11¾" x 7½" 106 pages, full color illustrations, index, paperbound ISBN 0-932514-33-2
#F2 Cartoon History of DC $14.95

Previous weeks' stories and references:
Animals....Children...Constitution-How & Why we got it...Civil War... Autocamping...American Presidency...Auto Racing...Baseball History...the Bible & the Presidency...Bubble Houses...Chinese...Combat Artists...The CCCs...Declaration of Independence...The Ghost Army of WWII... Artists in War The Limb Maker...Duke Ellington...Ferries Across the Chessie .. Food History HOLIDAYS...The Italian Crisis...
Ninian Beall Sequence.....UFOs Over Washington... Culpeper of Virginia...The Spanish Flu Epidemic of 1918...Indians of the Eastern Shore of MD & VA...Black History... Pirates on the Chesapeake...Chesapeake Beach...Quiltmaking...Chesapeake Bay Stories...Ghost stories... Maryland History...Music History...Naval History (Seebees, Armed Guard, etc)...Rock & Roll History...Hoover Airport...Slavery...Swampoodle...Sports...Origins of Words & Phrases...Inventions...Railroads...Virginia History...Washington, DC History...Nazi Saboteurs...Wilkes Expedition

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