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Searching for SubversivesThe Story of Italian Internment in Wartime America$
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Mary Elizabeth Basile Chopas

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781469634340

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469634340.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Searching for Subversives

Mary Elizabeth

Basile Chopas

University of North Carolina Press

As to differentiating between different nationalities … ​there is a difference; that many of our old Italian people who came here years ago and who worked and raised families, and who have been law-abiding citizens, have very little, if any, respect for their native land and which would in no way interfere with their loyalty. Moreover, conditions in European countries are such that many Italian people here today feel that the only solution for their problem over there is for the United States to win this war. These people, naturally, are going to be loyal to us. Locally, a very great percent of our young men who are joining the Army are of Italian parentage, and before any action should be taken to move their parents away from their homes, I believe we should consider seriously the result that that may have upon them as soldiers....

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