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  • "Their earthly masters, known as galantuomini (the gentry), included nearly everyone who was not a peasant, fisherman, or artisan. Members of the gentry did no manual labor and could easily be identified since they customarily wore cappeddi or hats instead of caps, the headgear of lower-class males. To rebellious peasants, these cappeddi were a symbol of oppression."

    —Jerre Mangione and Ben Morreale, La Storia: Five Centuries of the Italian American Experience (New York: HarperPerennial, 1992), 50

    December 2, 2009