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Multiethnic Neighborhoods in Early Twentieth-Century Los Angeles

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Bandstand’s daily images encouraged teenagers to imagine themselves as part of a national audience enjoying the same music and dances at the same time. American Bandstand offered its viewers a teenage tele vi sion audiotopia every afternoon. This televised audiotopia was most pro- nounced for the Italian- American teenagers who were prominently rep- resented on the show. For them, American Bandstand made their neigh- borhood peer culture an integral and visible component of the national youth culture. The show’s ongoing segregation, examined in the next chapter

gender: Christ is a nigger, Beaten and black: Oh, bare your back! Mary is His mother Mammy of the South, Silence your mouth.18 Italian American Whiteness and Troubles with Madonnas A second large area in which recent critical studies of whiteness illumi- nate the position from which Giuliani attacked Holy Virgin Mary con- cerns the mayor’s particular experiences as an Italian American New SMEAR CAMPAIGN 33 Yorker. Giuliani’s website has him as the grandson of immigrants from Italy, born into a “working-class” family in Brooklyn in 1944. The Village Voice contests

nation appeared quite ready once again to welcome ethnic music as a part of the national entertain- ment. That readiness helped a particular group of entertainers, Ital- ian Americans, move into the national spotlight. Except for opera, Italian American musical culture had been rather segregated from most Americans, despite its very rich tradition of music and enter- tainment, which had produced an enormous number of ethnic re- cordings on all the leading labels in the 1920s and 1930s. Their best known entertainer, Eduardo Migliaccio, "Farfariello," had been an

York Times, May 8, 1927, 6. Creel, George. How We Advertised America. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1920. ———. The War, the World and Wilson. New York: Harper, 1920. ———. Wilson and the Issues. New York: Century, 1916 Dayton, Katharine. “Mussolini at Close Range.” North American Review, December 1928, 653–59. Dewey, John. “Public Opinion,” New Republic, May 3, 1922, 286–87. ———. The Public and Its Problems: An Essay in Political Inquiry. New York: Holt, 1927. Di Robilant, Irene. “Who Are the Fascisti?” Trade Bulletin of the Italy America Society, October 1922, 1

, Joe Grifasi. who is—but what urban American does not? Italian Americans are more likely to be both white collar and professional workers than the national average. Some of them engage in quiet family dinners with almost no shouting. Some may even talk without waving their hands, though I haven’t met any such, and for all I know wav- ing your hands and shouting when you talk is the most natural style of human communication. Certainly, stereotypes and false rumors like those said to have interfered with a Mario Cuomo presidential run are intolerable. Nonetheless, most

) persisted in the twentieth century through cooperation of English and American socialists, through the expansive ideals of Italian American anarchism, through the Spanish civil war evident es- pecially at Guernica, and it reemerged in the crisis of 1940 despite the repression associated with Fascism and the Great Depression. We must scratch beneath the surface of the murals and represen- tations of Magna Carta. This Land Was Made by You and Me / 219 220 / This Land Was Made by You and Me While Brangwyn was apprenticed to William Morris, the master was reading Progress and

), 118 clergy, Catholic, 147–48, 179; concern over Mary metaphor, 99–100; hierarchy, 137–38; laity’s views of and relationships with, 147–48, 154–57, 178; lit- erary and film portrayals, 147, 149, 152–54, 155–56, 168, 198nn8–11 (see also Diary of a Country Priest; Power and the Glory, The); in the Middle Ages, 13, 80 clergy, Protestant, laity’s relation- ship to, 155 Coleman, James, 133–34 Commonweal, The (journal), 178–79, 185 community, 117, 123–33, 137, 174, 184, 196n9; and Catholic approach to education, 133–35; importance in Italian American films, 112–13, 115