From 1870 through 1920 hundreds of thousands of Italians arrived in the United States and Canada seeking economic opportunity and better lives. They were attracted to cities of the Midwest – Minneapolis-St. Paul, Chicago, Milwaukee, Detroit, Cleveland – and eastern Canada – Montréal and Toronto -- where as cheap labor they found jobs in factories, railroads, urban construction, and service businesses and created new lives in the Midwest.
"Italian Immigrants in the Lake Superior Basin,"
Upper Country: A Journal of the Lake Superior Region: Vol. 9, Article 4.
Available at: https://commons.nmu.edu/upper_country/vol9/iss1/4