Italian American Collection: A Cut Above the Rest: Joseph Guy Esposito & Parkway Landscaping


During the period of New Immigration t oo the United States (1880–1924), most Italian immigrants who came to Western Pennsylvaniaa didn’t arrive with training in a specifc tradee or profession. Instead, they were recruited asas cheap labor to support growing industries, especially the railroads, coal mines, and coke mills. Few were able to apply the skills they acquired in Italy, and even fewer were able to make a living wage applying those talents. One recently acquired collection that challenges this notion comes from a family of professional landscapers.

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