American Dream (1945-Today)


Episode Info

The post-WWII years are chronicled. Many Italian-Americans enter the middle class, yet some stereotypes prove hard to shake. Despite epitomizing cool to many, for instance, Frank Sinatra is haunted by claims of Mafia ties; and New York governor Mario Cuomo endures similar rumors. Strides are made, however: Antonin Scalia becomes the first Italian-American Supreme Court justice in 1986; and Nancy Pelosi becomes the first woman and Italian-American elected to Speaker of the House in 2007.