Italian Americans


S1 Ep4 - The American Dream

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The American Dream (1945 to Present Day) - In postwar America, Italian Americans seem finally to have arrived. They move to the suburbs, attend college and enter the middle-class. Italian American crooners define American cool, with Frank Sinatra leading the pack. But even as he skyrockets to fame, he is haunted by accusat...

S1 Ep3 - Loyal Americans

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Loyal Americans (1930–1945) - During the 1930s and 1940s, a second generation of Italian Americans begins to enter the labour movement, politics, sports and entertainment. Fiorello LaGuardia beats Tammany Hall, the Irish Political machine in New York, to become Mayor and represent the ‘little guy’. Joe DiMaggio, the son of...

S1 Ep2 - Becoming American

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Becoming American (1914–1930) - At the turn of the 20th century, over four million Italians immigrate to America to start new lives. Although mistrustful of government institutions, parents send their children to public school to succeed in America. While Italian Americans are forced to worship in the basement of churches ...

S1 Ep1 - La Famiglia

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La Famiglia (1880-1910) - This four-part series examines the distinctive qualities of one immigrant group’s experience, and how over time these qualities have shaped and challenged America. Unlike other immigrant groups, many Italians did not come to America to stay. At the turn of the 20th century, most came to work, earn...