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

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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.

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