Caruso

The name of the legendary tenor Caruso, who spent much of his life in New York, is a common one in the Neapolitan region of Italy. It is also the name of the fictional family who come through Ellis Island in the chapter of that name in Rutherfurd's New York, and live in Little Italy. The 'Ellis Island' and 'Empire State' chapters follow the Caruso family's fortunes through hard times, their meeting with the great tenor, the Triangle Fire of 1911, the First World War, the Black Hand gangs, the Crash of 1929 and the construction of the Empire State Building.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
Potatoes were made illegal in France for 24 years ! The French became convinced that the South American vegetable could cause a whole host of diseases, including leprosy, so in 1748, the cultivation and consumption of potatoes was strictly outlawed. It wasn’t until an imprisoned medical army officer named Antoine Auguste Parmentier survived in his prison cell subsisting solely on a diet of potatoes that acceptance of the food began to shift. After being released from prison, Parmentier went on to write a thesis about its health benefits, helping to overturn the law and re-introduce the potato to the French public in 1772. Within 20 years, potatoes became one of the most popular, and indeed, important foods in France. Even the ornamental royal gardens in Tuileres Palace in Paris - originally filled with flowers and exotic plants - were converted into potato fields.




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