East Harlem: A Selected Social Science Bibliography

This bibliography originally appeared: http://www.eastharlempreservation.org/docs/Books03.htm
By Gerald Meyer, Ph.D.

This brief bibliography organizes sources by three categories: “East Harlem,” “Italian Harlem,” and “El Barrio.”

East Harlem

Bell, Chrstopher. East Harlem. Portsmouth, NH: Arcadia Publishing, 2003.

Gurock Jeffrey. When Harlem Was Jewish, 1870-1930. New York: Columbia University Press, 1979.

Meyer, Gerald. Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician, 1902-1954. Albany: SUNY Press, 1989.

Rubinstein, Annette T., ed. I Vote My Conscience: Debates, Speeches, and Writings of Vito Marcantonio, 1935-1950. New York: Vito Marcantonio Memorial, 1956. Reprinted by the John Calandra Italian American Institute (CUNY), 2002.

Schaffer, Alan. Vito Marcantonio, Radical in Congress. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1966.

Stewart, Donald. A Short History of East Harlem. New York: Museum of the City of New York, 1972.

Zinn, Howard. La Guardia in Congress. New York: W. W. Norton, 1958.

Italian Harlem

Cannistraro, Philip and Gerald Meyer. “Italian American Radicalism: An Interpretive History.” In The Lost World of Italian American Radicalism, pp.1-50. Westport CT: Praeger, 2003. Edited by Philip Cannistraro and Gerald Meyer.

Cinotto, Simone. “Leonard Covello: The Covello Papers and the History of Eating Habits among Italian Immigrants in New York.” In The Journal of American History (Sept. 2004), pp. 497-521.

Fagiani, Gil. “East Harlem and Vito Marcantonio: My Search for a Progressive Italian-American Identity.” Voices in Italian Americana (Fall 1994): 25-42.

Covello, Leonard. The Heart Is the Teacher. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1958.

Cordasco, Francisco. “Ethnic Displacement in East Harlem.” Phylon (Fall 1970): pp. 302-312.

Federal Writers’ Project. The Italians of New York: A Survey. New York: Random House, 1938.

Kendrick, Bruce. Come Out the Wilderness: The Story of an East Harlem Protestant Parish. New York: Harper, 1962.

Orsi, Robert Anthony. The Madonna of 115th Street: Faith and Community in Italian Harlem, 1880-1950. New Haven CT: Yale University Press, 1985.

________. “The Religious Boundaries of an In-between People: Street Feste and the Problem of the Dark-Skinned Other in Italian Harlem, 1920-1990.” American Quarterly (Sept. 1992): 313-347.

Meyer, Gerald. “Italian Harlem: America’s Most Italian Little Italy.” In The Italians of New York: Five Centuries of Struggle and Achievement, pp. 57-68. Edited by Philip Cannistraro. Milan: Mondadori, 1999. Reprinted by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (CUNY).

________. “Marcantonio and Italian Harlem.” In Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician, 1902-1954. pp. 112-143. Albany: SUNY Press, 1989.

________. “Leonard Covello and Vito Marcantonio: A Lifelong Collaboration for Progress.”
Italica (Spring 1985): 54-66.

________. “Italian Harlem’s Biggest Funeral: A Community Pays Its Last Respects to Vito Marcantonio.” Italian American Review (Spring 1997): 110-120.

Pistella, Dominico. The Crowning of a Queen. Translated by Rev. Peter Rofrano. New York: Shrine of Our Lady of Mont Carmel 1954.

El Barrio

Acosta-Belén, et al. “Adiós, Boiínquen querida”: The Puerto Rican Diaspora, Its History and Contributions. Albany, NY: CELAC (SUNY), 2000.

Andreu Iglesias César. Ed., Memoirs of Bernardo Vega: A Contribution to the History of Puerto Rican Community in New York. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1984.

Chenault, Lawrence. The Puerto Rican Migrant in New York City New York. New York: Columbia University Press, 1938.

Colón, Jesús. The Way It Was and Other Writings. Edna Acosta Belén and Virginia Sánchez Korrol, eds. Houston TX: Arté Publico Press, 1993.

________. A Puerto Rican in New York and Other Sketches. New York: International Publishers, 1991.

Falcón Angelo. “The Puerto Rican Activist Stratum in New York City, 1978.” New York: Institute for Puerto Rican Policy. 1994.

Glasser, Ruth. My Music Is My Flag: Puerto Rican Musicians and Their New York Communities, 1917-1940. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1994.

Jennings, James and Monte Rivera, eds. Puerto Rican Politics in Urban America. Westport, CT. Greenwood Press, 1984.

Jones-Correa, Michael. Between Two Nations: The Political Predicament of Latinos in New York City. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1998.

Matos-Rodríguez Félix and Pedro Juan Hernández. Pioneros: Puerto Ricans in New York City, 1896-1948. Portsmouth, NH: Arcadia Publishing, 2001.

Melendez, Miguel. We Took to the Streets: Fighting for Latino Rights with the Young Lords. New York: St. Martins Press, 2003.

Meyer, Gerald. “Marcantonio and El Barrio” In Vito Marcantonio: Radical Politician, 1902-1954, pp. 144-184. Albany: SUNY Press, 1989. Reprinted in Centro: Journal for the Center of Puerto Rican Studies/CUNY (Spring 1992): 66-87.

________. “Vito Marcantonio, Congressman for Puerto Rico: 1934-1950.” Revista del Colegio de Abogados de Puerto Rico (Feb. 1982): 67-98.

Ojeda, Felix Reyes. Vito Marcantonio y Puerto Rico: por los trabajdores y por la nación. Rió Piedras, Puerto Rico: Ediciones Huracán, 1978.

Rodriguez, Clara, Born in the U.S.A. Boston: Unwin Hyman, 1989.

________, Virginia Sanchez Karrol, and José Oscar Algers, eds. Puerto Rican Struggle: Essays on Survival in the U.S. Maplewood, NJ: Praeger Publishers, 1988.

Sanchez-Korrol, Virginia. From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City, 1917-1948. Westport CT: Greenwood, 1983.

Sexton, Patricia Cayo. Spanish Harlem. New York: Harper & Row, 1965.

Torres, Andrés. Between Melting Pot and Mosaic: African Americans and Puerto Ricans in the New York Political Economy. Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press, 1995.

Vega, Bernardo. Memoirs of Bernardo Vega: A Contribution to the History of the Puerto Rican Community in New York. Edited by César Andreu Iglesias. New York: Monthly Review, 1984.

Young Lords Party and Michael Abramson. Pa’lante: The Young Lords Party. New York: McGraw Hill, 1971.

Wakefield, Dan. Island in the City: The World of Spanish Harlem. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1959.

This bibliography is a work in progress. Please make suggestions for inclusion in later editions by e-mailing me at: geraldjmeyer@aol.com.

See also:

General Book List

A Select Literary Bibliography of East Harlem By Gil Fagiani, East Harlem Historical Organization