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A biography of 1 of America's ignored grand masters.

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An allmale jury acquitted the Triangle owners. ” (Weatherford, 235) This was Salvatrice’s life when she first arrived in New York. She was far removed from the family who had sheltered and protected her in Vittoria. Like so many others, she was now at the mercy of factory managers. The International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union and the Women’s Trade Union League fought for protective legislation, but laws were slow to pass and often ignored. With no other opportunity available, Salvatrice worked long days for little pay.

After a letter from her husband arrived in the early summer months of 1913, Salvatrice quietly planned another voyage. Gaetano told her that he was ready for her to join him and that he would never return to Sicily. If they were to be a family, she must come to America. She agreed. Once again, her son’s world was about to be shattered. Years later, Jon Corbino told his friends that he knew something was wrong when his mother began packing the same trunks that had accompanied them on the first voyage.

5 Jon Corbino was beginning to look for ways to explore these ideas, making no socio-political judgment but letting the event and his figures speak for themselves. By grouping subjects (bathers on a beach, for example), Corbino explored what might happen. Would a community “soul” emerge; or would there only be a continuation of the dissolving consciousness, the deconstruction of unity? In this way, then, Corbino becomes Frank’s idea of the “artist who goes forth . . to seek America. And in the seeking .

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