JOHN FANTE (1909-1980)
The intergenerational experiences of an Italian-American family were fully lived by John Fante, who was born in Denver, Colorado on the 8th of April, 1909. Fante's mother, Mary Capolungo was American born, but her father was an immigrant from Potenza in the Italian region of Basilicata; Fante's father Nick had grown up in Abruzzi in Italy, moving to America in 1901.1 John Fante grew up in an environment of increasing suspicion held towards immigrants and their families, particularly towards Roman Catholics who were at the time the dominant immigrant group in Colorado. The American Protective Association had...
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