From the dawn of time to the epic sweep of the 20th century, from the great conflicts to the inventions that changed the world, The History Channel's 1998 film captures the glory, tragedy, and drama of the Italian-American experience. Vibrant dramatizations bring the past home to you.
In this two-part documentary from The History Channel, the large-scale emigrations of Italians to America is chronicled. In Italians in America, Vol. 1: The Journey, the difficult circumstances of the trip over are detailed. The voyages of fathers and sons -- sometimes with their wives and families, sometimes without -- are related through narration, archival photographs, and film. The video also traces the creation of the "Little Italy" that sprang up in large cities like New York and San Francisco and their seminal influence in the U.S. organized labor movement and unions. Included are Columbus, Amerigo (America) Vespucci, colonial era rich and influential Italians who settled here, the influences on our U.S. Declaration Of Independence, and the "Il Risorgimento" in Italy.
The DVD to be shown and discussed. Espresso, coffee and Tea to be served. Bring sweets if you like.