Italian American stereotypes debunked in book talk at Library of Congress

Nov 01, 2013 1103

by Marscha Dubrow

Italian American stereotypes, from the mafia to "The Real Housewives of New Jersey", were debunked at the Library of Congress Oct. 30 by co-authors of an exquisite new book, "Explorers Emigrants Citizens: A Visual History of the Italian American Experience from the Collections of the Library of Congress".

In a way, two Al (Alfredo) Pacino roles symbolize a dual image of Italian Americans: Michael Corleone in "The Godfather" films and the real-life good cop "Serpico", produced in 1973, the year between the first and second "Godfather".

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