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Thread #61622 Message #2571223
Posted By: GUEST,Sam Burrello
19-Feb-09 - 04:59 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: No Irish Need Apply
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: 'No Irish Need Apply'
There were signs of NINA on doors of business and I saw them. My father being Italian and could not find a job in the 40's pointed one out to me and said it ment No Italian Need Apply as he along with the Irish were not being hired. Many changed their name to Americanize it to get by ethnic discrimination against both Irish and Italians. It was burned into my memory that the sign NINA printed in bold red letters on an employemnet outside door on the southside business area in Indianapolis, Indiana, was to keep certain people from being hired. I was very young but still remember this sign. My father was Italian and my mother is of German, Scotch Irish background.