Aspects of Italian and American History

Post-1900 Italian Immigration

Those who visit the home of their ancestors sometimes expect to see a country whose conditions resemble descriptions given by their grandparents. Today, they find electricity, running water, bathrooms, radio, television, and so on.

It is a marvel to behold the progress made by those ancestors left behind. Italy continuously ranks fifth or sixth highest GNP in the world--not bad for a country that has basically only one abundant natural resource: rocks and stones.