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Westward the Women

Laura E. Ruberto (July 08, 2008)
What Frank Capra and an obscure William Wellman western might tell us about Italian American women


William Wellman’s relatively unknown 1951 film Westward the Women documents an Italian American woman’s conditional acceptance in society. Through the character of Signora Moroni, the film depicts Italian Americans as ethnic whites—at once different from but part of the status quo.

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