Il Progresso Italiano in America
La Voce Del Popolo Italiano, translated as The Voice of the Italian People, was an Italian-American newspaper published in Cleveland, Ohio.
People of Italian heritage primarily began to migrate to the United States of America in the late 1800s. Cleveland had one of the largest Italian communities in Ohio. Of all the immigrant groups to settle in Ohio, Italians remained the most determined to maintain their traditional heritage and beliefs. In 1903, Cleveland Italians established L'Italiano, the first Italian-language newspaper in Ohio. The paper eventually became known as Il Progresso Italiano in America and finally as La Voce Del Popolo Italiano in 1910. By 1920, the paper's circulation had reached nearly forty-five thousand people. Traditionally, La Voce Del Popolo Italiano favored the Republican Party, but the paper's editors strongly opposed Prohibition. During World War I, the paper also published its editorials in English. The reason for this was to allow other Ohioans to see that Cleveland's Italian population opposed Italy's actions in the war. During World War II, the paper also denounced, Benito Mussolini, the dictator of Italy, for allying with Adolf Hitler, the dictator of Germany.
La Voce Del Popolo Italiano remained in publication until 1945. Like many other Americans during the late 1800s and the early 1900s, the Italian immigrants viewed Ohio as a land of opportunity, but they also sought, as evidenced with La Voce Del Popolo Italiano, to maintain many aspects of their traditional culture.
- Van Tassel, David D., and John J. Grabowski, eds. The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1996.