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October is Italian-American Heritage

posted Oct 23, 2018, 5:38 PM by Wrestling Scout
October is Italian-American Heritage Month in the United States.  Columbus Day, despite all its controversies, is traditionally something of an Italian pride holiday as Christopher Columbus was originally from Italy.  While the presence of Italian culture in the United States may not seem unusual today, they came in waves during the late 1800s and early 1900s and were not always well received.  In the pro-wrestling realm, Italians were not bringing wrestling traditions like other Europeans were, but they could bring in the fans, especially in the urban areas like New York City, Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore, where significant "Little Italy" neighborhoods developed.  In Canada, Toronto and Montreal both had significant Italian immigrant communities worth noting.  While World War I had curbed immigration, World War II caused another wave of European migration away from the war-torn continent.

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