Italian War Brides. Love Stories and Emigration
November 20 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pmFree
Silvia Cassamagnaghi, Ph.D., is Researcher of Contemporary History at Università degli Studi, Milan, Italy. Her main topics are Italian-American cultural and social relationships, Media studies and Gender studies.
After World War II, many United States soldiers returned home with foreign wives and with children born of their relationships. In fact, more than 100,000 European war brides entered in the United States between 1946 and 1950, thanks to special laws, such as the War Bride Act. This “love emigration” involved nearly 10,000 Italian women. Having met an American soldier prompted these young women to leave their own country and start a completely new life in the U.S. — where they dealt with expectations and fears, finding warm welcomes, but also troubles in matching different behaviors and a different culture.