Barbieri, Norma (with Theresa Argento), 2005 February 24
Scope and Contents
Norma Barbieri, the daughter of Italian immigrants, grew up in the Wooster Square neighborhood. She describes her father's decision to immigrate and his enduring love for the Italian language. Barbieri spoke Italian at home, but recalls being forced to speak English in school. She tells how as a child she played with being bilingual, laughing at her mother as she read the comics aloud in broken English, or how Barbieri gave nicknames to all the neighborhood characters.Theresa Argento, sitting in on the interview, offers her own related reminiscences, and Barbieri and Argento together describe their efforts to have Italian taught in local schools, and recall stories about growing up in Wooster Square, and how the neighborhood changed over the course of their lives, particularly after urban renewal.
Interviewer: Barca, Sarah
Length (min): 73
- 2005 February 24
- From the Collection: New Haven Oral History Project (New Haven, Conn.)
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