The Italian Americans

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Trace the evolution of Italian Americans from the late 19th century to the present day.

The Italian Americans

Tuesdays at 8 & 9pm on PBS North
February 17-24, 2015


La Famiglia (1890-1910) at 8pm
Learn what spurred Italian immigration to the U.S. and why those immigrants faced discrimination.

Becoming Americans (1910-1930) at 9pm
Survey the various ways Italians adapted to American life in the early 20th century.


Loyal Americans (1930-1945) at 8pm
Examine the second generation’s entry into the labor movement, politics, sports and entertainment.

The American Dream (1945-present) at 9pm
Consider if the specter of organized crime may always plague Italian Americans, despite assimilation.