A boarding house keeper finds her kitchen in a mess after Saturday-night revelry and refuses to cook on Sunday. An iron miner pries frozen ore from a car in 40-below temperatures. A grocer makes sausage, brews wine, and forages for mushrooms and dandelion greens. In Italian Voices, Minnesota's Italian Americans share rich stories of everyday life in communities in the Iron Range, Duluth, and the Twin Cities between 1900 and 1960.
Mary Ellen Mancina-Batinich, a native of the Iron Range, had unequalled access to the state's immigrant generation during the twenty years she spent documenting the lives of these Minnesotans, in their own words.