American Dream: 1945-Present Day
In post-war America, Italian Americans seem finally to have arrived. They move to the suburbs, attend college and enter the middle-class, but even the more successful among them, Frank Sinatra included, are haunted by accusations of mafia ties. Governor Mario Cuomo, the son of Italian immigrants, achieves great success as, in later years, do Antonin Scalia and Nancy Pelosi, but could there be an Italian American president? Have Italian Americans finally shed the old stereotypes?