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During World War II, Ohio Italians rallied behind the United States, forsaking their homeland. Many Italian social groups dropped their Italian names and adopted patriotic ones, like "Abraham Lincoln" and "Betsy Ross," instead. While Italian organizations continued to exist in Cleveland following World War II, the number of new immigrants moving to the city slowly declined. By 1980, only 11,890 native-born Italians resided in the city. Other Ohio cities experienced similar declines. Over the succeeding decades, Ohio's traditional Italian communities began to lose their cohesiveness. As other Ohioans became more tolerant of the Italians, many Italian communities began to disintegrate. Many Italians moved into other communities, while non-Italians began to infiltrate the traditionally Italian neighborhoods. This does not mean that Ohio's Italian population has lost its ties to its traditional cultural beliefs. Italian Ohioans continue to participate in various social and cultural groups that serve to promote Italian beliefs and customs.
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