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Sicilian Americans are a subset of Italian Americans from Sicily. They are sometimes treated as a separate group due to cultural and historical differences between Sicily and the mainland. See History of Sicily, Sicilian language, and Music of Sicily for more information on aspects distinctive to Sicily. An Italian-American is an American of Italian descent either born in America or someone who has immigrated. ... Sicily (Sicilia in Italian and Sicilian, Σικελία in Greek) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,700 sq. ... The introduction to this article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject matter. ... Sicilian (, Italian: ) is the Romance language spoken in Sicily and southern Italy. ... Sicily is home to a great variety of Christian music, including a cappella devotional songs from Montedoro and many brass bands like Banda Ionica, who play songs from a diverse repertoire. ...

The first Sicilians came to what is now the United States in the seventeenth century as explorers and missionaries. Sicilian immigration to the US then grew substantially in the period starting in the 1880s and in 1906 as many as a 100,000 Sicilians came to the US. By 1924 immigration restrictions had caused this to plummet. This period saw political and economic shifts in Sicily that made emigration desirable. A great portion of the Sicilian immigrants would settle in New York City, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, and San Francisco. 1906 (MCMVI) was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Nickname: Big Apple Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Nickname: The Windy City, The Second City, Chi Town Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in Chicagoland and Illinois Coordinates: Country United States State Illinois County Cook Incorporated March 4, 1837 Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area    - City 606. ... Boston is a town and small port c. ... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ...

Elements of Sicilian culture came with them such as theatre and music. Giovanni De Rosalia was a noted Sicilian American playwright in the early period and farce was popular in several Sicilian dominated theatres. In music Sicilian Americans would be linked, to some extent, to Jazz. Many of the more popular cities for Sicilian immigrants, like New Orleans or Chicago, are pivotal in the history of jazz. In Chicago the predominately Sicilian neighborhood was called "Little Sicily" and in New Orleans it was "Little Palermo." One of the earliest, and among the most controversial, figures in jazz was Nick LaRocca who is of Sicilian heritage. For more on Sicilians in jazz see Category:Sicilian-American jazz musicians and the list mentioned at the bottom of the page. A farce is a comedy written for the stage, or a film, which aims to entertain the audience by means of unlikely and extravagant - yet often possible - situations, disguise and mistaken identity, verbal humour of varying degrees of sophistication, which may include puns and sexual innuendo, and a fast-paced... Jazz is an original American musical art form that originated around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in African American musical styles blended with Western music technique and theory. ... Country Italy Region Sicily Province Palermo (PA) Mayor Diego Armando Cammarata (since November 26, 2001) Elevation 1 m Area 158 km² Population  - Total (as of January 31, 2006) 675,501  - Density 4,275/km² Time zone CET, UTC+1 Coordinates Gentilic Palermitani Dialing code 091 Postal code 90100 Frazioni Mondello... Nick LaRocca. ...

Sicilian-Americans immigrants faced stereotypes and discimination, sometimes even from other Italians. Tensions between Italian regions had not been entirely resolved with unification and so Northern Italians had sayings that indicated Sicilians were untrustworthy. A more persistent stereotype linked them to the mafia. As the mafia are of Sicilian origin Sicilian Americans were stereotyped as mafia-linked to an even greater degree than Italian Americans in general. Even if unfair the rationalization for it was that the Mafia itself is traditionally stronger in Sicily than it is in the rest of Italy. The Mafia is a secret society which first developed in the mid-19th century in Sicily. ... An Italian-American is an American of Italian descent. ...

There are approximately 12 million people of Sicilian heritage in the United States.

See also

  • List of Sicilian Americans
  • List of Sicilian American jazz musicians

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