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Migrant MarketplacesFood and Italians in North and South America$
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Elizabeth Zanoni

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252041655

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252041655.001.0001

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Race and Trade Policies in Migrant Marketplaces, 1880–1914

Race and Trade Policies in Migrant Marketplaces, 1880–1914

(p.43) Chapter 2 Race and Trade Policies in Migrant Marketplaces, 1880–1914
Migrant Marketplaces

Elizabeth Zanoni

University of Illinois Press

Chapter Two demonstrates how differences in the economic, political, and ethno-racial structures of the United States and Argentina generated distinct experiences around Italian foodstuff for migrants in the two countries. In Buenos Aires, migrant merchants constructed racialized and gendered bonds between Italians and Argentines as members of the same “Latin race.” This latinità created opportunities for shared consumer experiences between Argentines and Italians. In New York, conversely, migrants used foods to articulate differences between Italians and Anglo Americans, while insisting that divides could be bridged as Anglo Americans learned to consume quality Italian imports. Furthermore, Chapter Two argues that nation-based differences allowed Italians in Buenos Aires to more powerfully articulate their ability to influence Argentine tariff policy and secure continued access to homeland foods.

Keywords:   Race, Trade, Tariffs, Latin race, Latinità, Anglo Americans, merchants

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