How Sports Helped Shape Italian America


An in-depth look courtesy of professor and author Gerald R. Gems.

This interview, conducted by Umberto Mucci, appears on We the Italians.

Sport is a very important topic in our trip around the US looking for how, when and where Italians have left positive contributions to the growth of the American society. Sport champions are often true heroes, especially in the US: and some of those heroes have been Italian Americans, inspiring a strong and justified sense of pride in those fellow Italians who didn’t get the same positive consideration in everyday life.

Prof. Gerald R. Gems has written a very interesting book about this topic: “Sport and the shaping of the Italian American Identity.” He is the perfect guest to talk about this, and we welcome him on We the Italians.

Read the full interview at We the Italians.

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