Between Two Worlds: The Italian Americans

This powerful excerpt from PBS’s “The Italian Americans” explores the dilemmas that arise when people are pressured to assimilate. Educators can use this film to explore some important questions about identity and belonging:

Reflection Questions

  1. Should immigrants have to give up their old ways – language, religion, culture, and traditions – in order to fit into their new homeland?
  2. Does the pressure to assimilate force immigrants to choose between belonging to their family and belonging to their new country?
  3. Where do students see echoes of this story today?