Passage to Liberty

Passage to Liberty

The Story of Italian Immigration and the Rebirth of America

Book - 2002 | First edition
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A dramatically illustrated celebration of Italian Immigration to the United States uses photos, letters, and other firsthand artifacts to retrace the steps of millions of Italians to American shores.


Passage to Liberty recaptures the drama of the 19th and 20th century immigration to America through photos, letters, and other artifacts -- uniquely replicated in three-dimensional facsimile form. In the tradition of Lest We Forget, Chronicle's bestselling interactive tour through the African American experience, the text uses the stories of individuals and families -- from early explorers, through the wave of 19th century impoverished families, to contemporary figures -- to recapture the rich heritage the Italian people carried with them over the waves, and planted anew in the American soil.

Among the topics covered here are:

  • The roots of American democracy in Roman history
  • The migration of 15 million Italians, 1880-1920
  • Catholicism in Italian-American culture
  • Food, music, and other Italian cultural traditions
  • The Mafia: myth and reality
  • Cultural icons: DiMaggio, Sinatra, Madonna & more

As vibrant and packed full of history as previous volumes in this extraordinary series, Passage to Liberty is a splendid and loving tribute to the Italian-American experience.

Book News
Ciongoli (past president of National Italian American Foundation) and Parini (literary and cultural critic) provide personal stories, photos, letters, and other artifacts in order to promote an understanding and appreciation of the Italian-American cultural heritage. This is a slim, slightly oversize book (10.25x10.25), designed for a popular audience. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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A celebration of Italian immigration to the United States uses photographs, letters, and other firsthand artifacts to retrace the steps of millions of Italians to American shores.

Publisher: New York : ReganBooks, [2002]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2002
ISBN: 9780060089023
Branch Call Number: 973.0451 CIONGOLI
Characteristics: 32 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
Additional Contributors: Parini, Jay


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Apr 27, 2018

The documents replicated in this book are very interesting, and realistic.
This is a good beginning history of an immigrant group. It addresses prejudices toward
Italian immigrants, as well as the great contributions to America they've made in the last century and beyond.


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