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The story of the Delta Italians is a story of hard work, perserverance and success. Many recruited for cotton plantations started as tenant farmers and ultimately owned the land they worked. Sicilian immigrants generally started life in the Delta peddling household goods on foot across the rural countryside, advanced to the horse drawn "rolling store" and then opened grocery stores and restaurants in towns across the Delta.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Paul Canonici was born of Italian immigrant parents in the Mississippi Delta. He spent a rewarding career as priest and educator in Mississippi. Now he enjoys a fruitful retirement writing, doing art and cooking with his friends.
Canonici speaks Italian. He loves Italy, the Italian people and Italian food. He looks forward to his frequent visits to Italy but always enjoys returning home to Madison, Mississippi.
In 2005 Paul Canonici published his book, The Delta Italians, the story of his peoples’ struggle for survival on the cotton plantations of Arkansas and Mississippi. His second book, So Italian, is part travelogue and recipe book that pays homage to the homeland of his immigrant ancestors. It’s a celebration of life, travel and food. His latest book, La Befana, The Italian Christmas Legend, tells the story of Italy’s most beloved legendary character.