Between Two Worlds: The Italian Americans

This powerful except from PBS’s The Italian Americans explores dilemmas that can come with pressure to assimilate. Educators can use this film to explore the important questions about identity and belonging. Should immigrants have to give up their old ways – language, religion, cultural, and traditions – in order to fit into their new homeland? Does pressure to assimilate force immigrants to choose between belonging to their family and belonging to their new country? Where do students see echoes of this story today?