Vincenzo Sellaro and the Sons of Italy in America

This book traces the life and achievements of Vincenzo Sellaro, from his birth in Polizzi Generosa, a rocky village in the province of Palermo, to his emigration to the United States and the founding of the Sons of Italy in America.

The Sicilian doctor Vincenzo Sellaro dedicated his life to improving the conditions of his compatriots who emigrated to America. Founder, in 1905, of the Sons of Italy, an organization later known as the Figli d’Italia in America, then the Order Sons of Italy in America (OSIA) and today the Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America (OSDIA), Sellaro played a significant role in supporting Italians who moved to the United States at the beginning of the 20th century.

What began as a great brotherhood to provide support to the new Italian arrivals has today become a social, patriotic, and charitable institution for American citizens of Italian descent, dedicated to preserving Italian culture in the United States.

The story of Vincenzo Sellaro and his organization is an example of how one person can make a difference in the lives of thousands of people and in the evolution of a community. His legacy, in fact, continues to live on today through the organization he founded, and through the Italian-American community that continues to honor his name and memory.

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