A tale of two motherlands: How Italian Americans stand for the best of both worlds

This book takes readers on a journey from the shores of Italy to the urban centers of America, exploring the transformative period of Italian immigration history. It aims to examine the monumental impact Italian immigrants had on the fabric of American life. The book begins by portraying the courage and resilience required for over 4 million Italians to leave behind everything familiar and seek better prospects across the Atlantic between the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

The book highlights the difficult times faced by Italian immigrants. It describes the treacherous voyages they endured in cramped ships, as well as the confusion and hostility that often greeted them upon arrival at U.S. ports. This section reveals the prejudice Italian immigrants faced in their search for housing and employment.

The book then delves into the fundamental contributions Italians made to the development of America. It depicts how Italian culture—from food, fashion, faith, music, language, and values—became permanently woven into the fabric of American life. This section honors the roles of Italian Americans in building infrastructure, serving in the military, starting businesses, shaping politics, and more.

Ultimately, the book shows how Italian immigrants and their descendants embraced the opportunities of their new homeland while proudly preserving traditions from their motherland. Through adversity and triumph, they cultivated a distinct Italian-American identity that embodies the best of both worlds.


Il Centro Studi sull'Internazionalizzazione si dedica a promuovere la consapevolezza sull'importanza dell'Internazionalizzazione a livello nazionale e regionale.

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