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Born in a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts, Maria Luisa Gambale grew up in a modest home with her two sisters and her Italian American mother and Italian immigrant father. They had frequent visits from Italian relatives. Gambale tells stories about her experiences in grammar school and growing up in a strict home in which her social relationships were constrained by her parents’ concerns. She discusses the freedom she experienced at college in a self-directed social situation in which she developed friendships that last to this day. She discusses her post-college year and a half in Italy where she spent many weekends visiting her grandmother in her small village in Tuscany. She also reflects on how she and her husband have navigated their marriage.
This interview should be of interest people interested in first generation Italian American life in the U.S., the topic of enduring friendship, romantic relationships in the 21st century, and post-college experiences in Italy.
Aliza Becker is a Chicago-based activist and oral historian who prior to her work in oral history, worked as an advocate for immigrant rights and Israeli-Palestinian peace.
This interview is hereby made available for research purposes only. For additional uses (radio and other media, music, internet), please click here to inquire about permissions.
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