For part 2 of our celebration of Women’s History Month, we’re taking a look at a unique woman in our archive: Angelina del’ Arciprete Davis. Angelina was born in Milan, Italy in 1918, a large Italian city. She was also raised in a predominately Catholic region and shared in the many religious traditions that shaped her culture. Angelina met her husband, John, while working for the US Army during and after World War II. After their marriage, she immigrated to Clayton, Georgia. In her interview, Angelina takes us through her difficult transition from urban to rural life, overcoming language barriers, religious differences, and even adjusting to a different diet! This oral history stands out as an anomaly in our archive, but provides a unique look at Southern Appalachia in the 1950s.
Read the transcript.
Thank you so much for making this available to our family. You can’t imagine how wonderful it was to hear my mother’s voice and some of her stories again. If possible, I would like to obtain a copy of the audio of the full interview done by my sister and my mother. Please contact me at the email provided.