The Italian Americans

The Italian Americans

A History

Book - 2015
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This gorgeous companion book to the PBS series illuminatesan important, overlooked part of American history.
In this richly researched, beautifully designed and illustrated volume, Maria Laurino strips away stereotypes and nostalgia to tell the complicated, centuries-long story of the true Italian-American experience.Looking beyond the familiar Little Italys and stereotypes fostered by The Godfather and The Sopranos, Laurino reveals surprising, fascinating lives: Italian-Americans working on sugar-cane plantations in Louisiana to those who were lynched in New Orleans; the banker who helped rebuild San Francisco after the great earthquake; families interned as “enemy aliens” in World War II. From anarchist radicals to “Rosie the Riveter” to Nancy Pelosi, Andrew Cuomo, and Bill de Blasio; from traditional artisans to rebel songsters like Frank Sinatra, Dion, Madonna, and Lady Gaga, this book is both exploration and celebration of the rich legacy of Italian-American life.Readers can discover the history chronologically, chapter by chapter, or serendipitously by exploring the trove of supplemental materials. These include interviews, newspaper clippings, period documents, and photographs that bring the history to life.

Baker & Taylor
A companion book to the PBS series reveals the complicated, centuries-long story of the Italian-American experience and explores and celebrates the rich legacy of Italian-American life.

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Produced as a companion to the PBS series of the same name by John Maggio, this book explores the rich history of Italians in America. Filled with vivid pictures and interesting anecdotes, Maria Laurino tells the stories of the immigrants of the 1860's all the way to modern day Italians like chef Mario Batali and designer Gianni Versace. Laurino brings alive stories like the lynchings of Italian Americans in New Orleans, the establishment of microlending through the Bank of Italy (later the Bank of America), and the persecution of Italians during World War II. This enjoyable read will appeal to Italian Americans and others interested in the people around them. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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In a companion book to the four-hour PBS series, stereotypes and nostalgia are stripped away to tell the complicated, centuries-long story of the Italian-American experience and to explore and celebrate the rich legacy of Italian-American life. 30,000 first printing. TV tie-in.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780393241297
Branch Call Number: 973.0451 L375i
Characteristics: 308 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm


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Aug 17, 2016

Great book, lots of interesting facts and people. Must read if you are Italian.


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