Italian-Americans in Professional Sports

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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?

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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

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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

Leonardo Fibonacci and His Numbers

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Leonardo Fibonacci, also known as Leonardo of Pisa or Leonardo Bigollo, was an Italian mathematician born in Pisa, Italy, around the year 1175. He is best known for introducing the Hindu-Arabic numeral system to the Western world and for his famous sequence of numbers, now known as the Fibonacci sequence. Fibonacci was born into a … Read more