Gold Rush Linked to Birth of Italy

Saint Mary's College anthropology professor Paola Sensi-Isolani was quoted in an Associated Press story that ran in several newspapers about new research that links the California Gold Rush to the making of modern Italy.

Alessandro Trojani, an Italian history professor, found a gold nugget and traced it from 19th century conqueror Giuseppe Garibaldi back to San Francisco and other Gold Rush cities where Italian immigrants toiled in the mines.

"There is no question that Italians in the Bay Area supported Garibaldi," said Sensi-Isolani, who has published several books on Italian immigration in California. "If Trojani has discovered these new elements, it's definitely interesting and warrants further research."

* Contra Costa Times
* San Jose Mercury News
* Monterey Herald
* Marin Independent Journal