The Soul of an Immigrant

Constantine PANUNZIO (1884 - 1964)

Constantine Panunzio (1884-1964) begins his autobiography by describing his childhood in Molfetta, Italy. At age 13, he left home as a sailor, landing in Boston in 1902. His trials finding work, learning English, and securing an education in the U.S. were many, but eventually, he became administrator of a social service agency in Boston. During WWI, he served as head of the YMCA on the Italian front. Concerned throughout his career with the treatment and assimilation of immigrants, Panuncio criticized the post world War I hysteria about alien radicals in his book The Deportation Cases of 1919-1920. - Summary by Sue Anderson

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Dedication and Foreword Sue Anderson
00:11:10
Play 01 A Native of Ancient Apulia Sue Anderson
00:50:13
Play 02 The Call of the Sea Sue Anderson
00:35:42
Play 03 America Sue Anderson
00:24:51
Play 04 In the American Storm Sue Anderson
00:59:28
Play 05 I go to Jail Sue Anderson
00:29:02
Play 06 I am Caught Again Sue Anderson
00:17:56
Play 07 A Mysterious Event Sue Anderson
00:06:33
Play 08 First Glimpses of the Real America Sue Anderson
00:13:44
Play 09 "You Ought to go to School" Sue Anderson
00:12:01
Play 10 My American Education and its Meaning Sue Anderson
00:37:45
Play 11 I Suffer Serious Losses Sue Anderson
00:11:34
Play 12 I Become Naturalized Sue Anderson
00:14:58
Play 13 Stumbling Blocks to Assimilation Sue Anderson
00:20:28
Play 14 My American "Big Brother" Sue Anderson
00:14:40
Play 15 In An Immigrant Community Sue Anderson
00:34:50
Play 16 Still More Obstacles to Assimilation Sue Anderson
00:17:56
Play 17 I Go To Jail Once More Sue Anderson
00:23:13
Play 18 My American Philosophy of Life Sue Anderson
00:38:57
Play 19 Home! Sue Anderson
00:24:41
Play 20 My Final Choice Sue Anderson
00:27:30