Books About Italian-Americans

Italian-American Books

Literature has always been an important part of Italian culture, and that importance has carried through to Italian-American culture, as well. There have been many great books written by Italian-American authors, like Mario Puzo, for example, who wrote The Godfather. Besides “The Godfather, Mario Puzo also wrote a few other books around this topic. “The … Read more

Enrico Fermi Is The Bomb

enrico fermi and the atomic bomb

Enrico Fermi (1901-1954) was an Italian-American physicist who made significant contributions to the field of nuclear physics and was one of the key figures in the development of the atomic bomb. Fermi was born in Rome and for the most part had a “normal” childhood of the day. One morning, at the daily market in … Read more

Italian-Americans in Professional Sports

italian american athletes

While soccer (calcio) is unquestionably the most popular sport in Italy, and indeed all of Europe, the Italians who immigrated to the U.S. were quick to adapt to the local sports. This quick assimilation was a notable trait of Italian-Americans, and this desire flowed through many aspects of daily life.  Consequently, Italian-Americans have made their … Read more

Francis Ford Coppola – Godfather of American Film

francis ford coppola the godfather of american film

Francis Ford Coppola is an American film director, producer, and screenwriter. He was born on April 7, 1939, in Detroit, Michigan, to a family of Italian immigrants. Coppola spent his childhood in Queens, New York, where his father worked as a flautist and his mother as a seamstress. Coppola attended Hofstra University, where he studied … Read more

What Is Italian-American Food?

italian american food

Food is an important part of any culture, and the Italian-American community is no exception. For generations, Italian-Americans have taken the food traditions from the Old County, and adapted them to life in the United States, creating a food culture that is all its own. Some of the most popular and iconic Italian-American dishes, such … Read more

Giuseppe Garibaldi and His Redshirts

Giuseppe Garibaldi Italian Military General

Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807-1882) was an Italian military general, politician, and nationalist who played a key role in the unification of Italy in the 19th century. Born in Nice, France, he spent much of his early life as a sailor before becoming involved in political activism and military campaigns for Italian unification. Garibaldi became famous for … Read more

Italian-American Music

Italian-American singers

Italian-American music has had a significant impact on American pop music, both in terms of style and content. The earliest Italian-American music in the United States was brought over by Italian immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This music was characterized by the use of traditional Italian instruments such as the mandolin, … Read more