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The Italian Americans

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Trace the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to today, with Tony Bennett, David Chase, John Turturro, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Gay Talese and more. Once “outsiders” viewed with suspicion and mistrust, Italian Americans are today some of the most prominent leaders of U.S. business, politics and the arts. The series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American. Stanley Tucci narrates.

La Famiglia (1890-1910)
Learn what spurred Italian immigration to the U.S. and why those immigrants faced discrimination.

Becoming Americans (1910-1930)
Survey the various ways Italians adapted to American life in the early 20th century.

Loyal Americans (1930-1945)
Examine the second generation’s entry into the labor movement, politics, sports and entertainment.

The American Dream (1945-present)
Consider if the specter of organized crime may always plague Italian Americans, despite assimilation.

Learn the story of how Theodore Roosevelt became our nation’s 26th president.

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