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The Italian Americans reveals the unique and distinctive qualities of one immigrant group’s experience, and how these qualities, over time, have shaped and challenged America. For these immigrants, the struggle to maintain a distinct Italian culture was guided by remarkably powerful ideals of family that has always been at the center of their lives. While the power of Italian family became a source of strength, it also bred suspicion, popularized in the media as a dark, criminal element. This class of culture echoed through generations of Italian Americans and it has left its mark on the American landscape. In English. Members free – Non-Members $15.