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Children's LiteraturePart of the "Coming to America" series, this hardcover volume gives readers a comprehensive view of this important group of immigrants who came from Italy to America in great waves during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Examined are: why Italians left their homeland, where the first immigrants settled after Ellis Island, what they hoped to achieve for themselves and for their children, and how they worked to assimilate themselves into American culture. Also discussed are the difficulties Italian immigrants faced in their struggle to achieve social, legal, and educational equality. The book ends with profiles of three prominent Italian-Americans: film director, Martin Scorsese; politician, Geraldine Ferraro; and race car champion, Mario Andretti. The text is interesting because each section is written by a different author, which allows readers to sample slightly different viewpoints while learning about the differing aspects of the Italian immigrant experience. This edition is sturdily bound and includes a chronology, an annotated table of conference, an in-depth introduction, a resource guide, and an index. A great addition to the nonfiction collection of social science classrooms or libraries. 2005, Greenhaven Press/Thompson Gale, Ages 12 up.