Italian Americans


S1 Ep4 - The American Dream

Expired 3.0 10 x
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 accusations of Mafia ties, an albatross Sinatra cannot escape from. Can Italian Americans ever fit into 1950s America, or will the spectre of organised crime always bring them down? ...

S1 Ep3 - Loyal Americans

Expired 3.0 20 x
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 a fisherman in San Francisco, becomes a powerhouse, who breaks the record for consecutive hits and becomes an All-American hero. But with the outbreak of World War II, Italia...

S1 Ep2 - Becoming American

Expired 3.0 17 x
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 controlled by the Irish Archdiocese, they take to the streets to reinforce their beliefs and culture; anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti are executed, reinforcing stereotypes that ...

S1 Ep1 - La Famiglia

Expired 4.0 13 x
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 money to support their families, and eventually return home. Nearly half of the first generation Italian immigrants did return to Italy. For those that made America home, the...