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The Italian Americans reveals the unique and distinctive qualities of one immigrant group's experience, and how these qualities, over time, have shaped and challenged America. At the turn of the 20th century, many Italians immigrants 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, but for those that made America home, their struggle to maintain a distinct Italian culture was guided by remarkably powerful ideals of family that had always been at the center of their lives. While the power of the Italian family became a source of strength, it also bred suspicion, popularized in popular media as a dark, criminal element. This clash of culture echoed through generations of Italian Americans as they entered positions of political, social, and cultural influence. Through extensive archival materials and interviews with scholars and notable Italian Americans such as Tony Bennett, Nancy ...

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Disappointing...
24 February 2015 | by mayne5See all my reviews

While I found many aspects of this documentary series to be interesting, I was nevertheless disappointed by the sheer absence of women. Could the producers have not found a single Italian American woman worth mentioning? From politicians to Mafia thugs to entertainers - not a single woman. Twice, the town of Roseto was mentioned but no connection was made between the weakening of family traditions (ie-Sunday dinner) and the empowerment of women. Who do you suppose made Rosetans healthy in the first place? It was the women - and when they opted out of traditional female roles to enter the wider society, the price that was paid was higher rates of heart disease. It doesn't take a social scientist to connect the dots. An acknowledgement of this would have served to pay respect to what traditional female labour provided: strong family ties and increased health. It also would have presented an opportunity to mention the restrictions modern Italian women have felt; their dilemma has been experienced probably greater than anyone. This series should have been titled, "Italian American Men." Watching this series could lead one to surmise that only the men worked hard, suffered, and sacrificed. I am a history teacher, by the way. And a proud Italian Canadian.


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