Passage to Liberty: The Story of Italian Immigration and the Rebirth of America

Passage to Liberty: The Story of Italian Immigration and the Rebirth of America

by Ken Ciongoli, Jay Parini


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Passage to Liberty recaptures the drama of the 19th and 20th century immigration to America through photos, letters, and other artifacts — uniquely replicated in three-dimensional facsimile form. In the tradition of Lest We Forget, Chronicle's bestselling interactive tour through the African American experience, the text uses the stories of individuals and families — from early explorers, through the wave of 19th century impoverished families, to contemporary figures — to recapture the rich heritage the Italian people carried with them over the waves, and planted anew in the American soil.

Among the topics covered here are:

  • The roots of American democracy in Roman history
  • The migration of 15 million Italians, 1880-1920
  • Catholicism in Italian-American culture
  • Food, music, and other Italian cultural traditions
  • The Mafia: myth and reality
  • Cultural icons: DiMaggio, Sinatra, Madonna & more

As vibrant and packed full of history as previous volumes in this extraordinary series, Passage to Liberty is a splendid and loving tribute to the Italian-American experience.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060089023
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/08/2002
Edition description: 1ST
Pages: 32
Product dimensions: 10.14(w) x 10.34(h) x 0.61(d)

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