The Italian Americans

Premiered February 2015

The Italian Americans reveals how Italian immigrants challenged the notion of the American “melting pot” — chronicling four generations of Italian-American lives, from the massive late 19th Century wave of immigration to today. From the importance of the family over an individual’s personal aspirations, to their distinctive, circular migration patterns, to the specter of the Mafia that still plagues Italian Americans today, this series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American.

THE ITALIAN AMERICANS is a production of WETA Washington, D.C., and Ark Media, in association with John Maggio Productions. Corporate funding is provided by DelGrosso Foods. Foundation funding is provided by the NEH, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations and the Annenberg Foundation. Major funding is provided by CPB and PBS.

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The Italian Americans

Breaking Through

Mario Cuomo was a proud Italian American who embodied the larger story of America.

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Breaking Through

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The Italian Americans

American Idols, Italian Roots

1947-1954 was a golden era for Italian crooners.

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American Idols, Italian Roots

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The Italian Americans

Assimilation

Immigrants were expected to assimilate into the American culture.

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Assimilation

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The Italian Americans

Italian American Pride

Many Italian Americans discuss the history of their families

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Italian American Pride

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The Italian Americans

Italian Stereotypes

Italian stereotypes are still prevalent in contemporary America.

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Italian Stereotypes

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The Italian Americans

Mario Cuomo and Antonin Scalia

Mario Cuomo speaks at the 1984 Democratic National Convention to great acclaim

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Mario Cuomo and Antonin Scalia

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The Italian Americans

Rudolph Valentino

Rudolph Valentino brought something totally new to Hollywood

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Rudolph Valentino

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The Italian Americans

Sacco and Vanzetti

Sacco and Vanzetti were Italian anarchists found guilty of murder in 1921

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Sacco and Vanzetti

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Italian Americans Preview

The Italian Americans premieres on February 17 at 9pm

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Italian Americans Preview

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