This transcript is a full and exact copy of the interview with Leonard Ciarloni. It includes a clear transcript of portions of the tape that are now inaudible, so perhaps it was made when the original cassette tape was in better condition. Ciarloni discusses his family background in Italy, why they moved to the United States, how they ended up in the Mississippi Delta, farming, Italian-run markets, mutual aid societies, other Italian families in the area, prejudice against Italians and other Catholics and immigrants, the Ku Klux Klan, the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, labor issues, Italian peddlers, religion and Catholic parishes, transportation, women's roles, farming superstitions, and fears of deportation during World War II.
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