Category: History

  • The Advocate: Cantrell to apologize for lynching of New Orleans Italians; but list of atrocities is much longer

    Police Chief Hennessy

    Police Chief David Hennessy’s murder sparked a massacre of Italians who were charged in the crime but whose cases ended in acquittal or mistrial.

  • April 12 – New Orleans Mayor to apologize for the 1891 lynching of 11 Italian Americans

    1891 lynching of 11 Siclians

    This photograph, taken Jan. 30, 2016 and provided by AWE News, shows a copy of a March 14, 1891, newspaper advertisement as shown in the Musee Conti Wax Museum exhibit about the lynching of 11 Italian immigrants, three of whom had been acquitted a day earlier in the murder of the city’s police chief. The mayor of New Orleans plans an apology to Italian-Americans for what’s considered the nation’s largest lynching _ violence in which 11 Italian immigrants were killed after acquittals in a police chief’s murder. “This has been a longstanding wound,” said Michael Santo of the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy. The lynching in 1891 and responses to it prompted Italy to close its U.S. embassy, followed by a reciprocal U.S. embassy closing, he said. (AWE News via AP).

  • Archimedes in Syracuse

    Archimedes

    “Give me a place to stand and I’ll move the Earth.” Archimedes’ boast became a fundamental principle of mechanics that states that a great weight can be moved by a small force using levers and other means.

  • In Turi, Apulia, to trace the history of oil and oil mills

    ulivo secolare in puglia

    Translated from https://italoamericano.org/story/2016-5-8/Olio-oliva-turi Giunio Moderato Columella, who died in Taranto of the Roman Apulia, in 60 AD and one of the great agronomists of the time, recited: “Olea prima omnium arborum est”: among all the trees, the first place belongs to the olive tree. According to the historian Pliny, the Italian peninsula had excellent olive […]