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"Terroni": How Italy was Unified 150 Years Ago

Luca Delbello and Letizia Airos (February 10, 2011)

Presented at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute Pino Aprile's book sheds an alternative light on the meaning of the Italian unification. "'Meridionalismo' is a kind of construction by the winners"

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This article is baaaaad!

This article is terrible!!! I can`t believe someone actually wrote things like"...a large number of southerners reacted and react today by denying their roots and identity"- ????-that`s so untrue!Migrating doesn`t mean denying your roots!On the other hand I know plenty of people born and bred in the North(Tourin in particular)that,having their families from the south, feel anything but northeners! and..."no southerner actively participates in the celebrations for the unification of Italy??"...Whaaat??? they should ask my mum-and thousands of people like her- that refuses to take the Italian flag off the balcony!!! I am not criticising the book because i haven`t read it - I just hope is not as offensive and full of ignorant assumptions as this article. Once it will be translated it will be very difficult to explain to the rest of the world "why we deny being from the south"!Shocked!

Sorry but it's evident that

Sorry but it's evident that you dont get the point. The official documents of the genocide in south ( 1000.000.civilians were brutally killed) were undercoved as: top secret until Genuary 2006 and many of them are still covered. The reason of this in the great shame as in every genocide and massacre of a people and the distruction of a terrotory. After 1861, the year of the northern invasion in south, more then 30.ooo.ooo. of southern people emigrated in 60 years. Before that date no one emigrated from south, can ask yourself why? Read the book and then you can talk with more criticism. Yours is a normal reaction like it was mine some years ago ( i'm 30) when i discovered the real hstory, because at school they teached us a very different story, the story of the invaders. Sorry for my english, i'm a southern italian, neapolitan language native.

Raffaele write the truth.

Raffaele write the truth. There's even in 2012 the state secret on the tragedy and civil massacre of the South Italy maked from italian army after Unification ( Invasion ). To understand a simple example : here in Italy neapolitan language is considered "trush" from italian school system.Teachers says to neapolitan pupils that speak in their mother tongue :" No speak rude! ....Neapolitan is a real language for Unesco. They teach us to consider ourselves in a state of minority, always, we said "we are bad, from Low Italy we are not "civil"as "Higt" Italy". We are a colony : we buy everything from North, we don't have banks, we don't have insurance companies ( we pay the hights rates of Europe !! ) we have just MAFIA, CAMORRA institutionalizedfrom GIUSEPPE GARIBALDI in the 1860. Please read the real History! We are emigrants from 1861 while before we were a land of INMIGRATION ( do you know Voiello was created by inmigrants from Swizerland??) We sent merchandaise to USA before 1861 but since 1861 we sent PEOPLE there! Please read the real history.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lkFUQm7wgfc

Raffaele writes the truth 2

As a Sicilian I agree with my southern brothers, btw Sicilian is also a recognized language. We have been brainwashed since birth, I now call myself "Sicilian" and I don't need to read this book, because I know my history, which has been hijacked for over a 150 years. Both the banks of Naples and Palermo had more money (in gold) than the Savoys could ever imagine and they were helped by the british because britain wanted our resources, one of which was sulfur, which was needed to make gunpowder. We didn't need to be unified, we were fine, this unification bullshit was forced on the people of the south, we had northerners coming down to the south for work, prior to unification. In the kingdom of the two Sicilies, the populace was murdered indiscriminately and people were put on firing squads because they didn't want to be part of the so called italian nation, in Sicily a 9 year old girl was put on the firing squad by piedmontese, who didn't even speak italian, the piedmontese spoke french, did you know that? So you can wipe your ass with the italian flag, it's no longer welcome in my family, what your mother does with it is her problem, it does not concern us a bit, I'm no longer brainwashed like most italians are today.

Raffaele writes the truth 2

As a Sicilian I agree with my southern brothers, btw Sicilian is also a recognized language. We have been brainwashed since birth, I now call myself "Sicilian" and I don't need to read this book, because I know my history, which has been hijacked for over a 150 years. Both the banks of Naples and Palermo had more money (in gold) than the Savoys could ever imagine and they were helped by the british because britain wanted our resources, one of which was sulfur, which was needed to make gunpowder. We didn't need to be unified, we were fine, this unification bullshit was forced on the people of the south, we had northerners coming down to the south for work, prior to unification. In the kingdom of the two Sicilies, the populace was murdered indiscriminately and people were put on firing squads because they didn't want to be part of the so called italian nation, in Sicily a 9 year old girl was put on the firing squad by piedmontese, who didn't even speak italian, the piedmontese spoke french, did you know that? So you can wipe your ass with the italian flag, it's no longer welcome in my family, what your mother does with it is her problem, it does not concern us a bit, I'm no longer brainwashed like most italians are today.