Why I’m proud to be Italian American – Heartwarming –
By the turn of the 20th century, Italian Americans had excelled in all fields of endeavor, and had made substantial contributions in virtually all areas of American life and culture.
Italian Americans had served with distinction in all of America’s wars, and over thirty had been awarded the Medal of Honor and a number of Italian Americans were serving as top-ranking generals in the military.
Over two dozen of Italian descent had been elected as state governors.
At the close of the 20th century, 31 men and woman of Italian descent were serving in the U.S. Congress and Senate.
Two Italian Americans were serving as U.S. Supreme Court justices.
Italian Americans were responsible for major breakthroughs in engineering, medicine and science. Federico Faggin developed the first micro-chip and micro-processor; Robert Gallo led research that identified a cancer-causing virus, and also the AIDS virus; Anthony Fauci conducted significant research that led to the discovery of the AIDS virus; Riccardo Giacconi developed the X-ray telescope; and Enrico Fermi ushered in the nuclear-power age.
At the close of the 20th century, according to the National Italian American Foundation, 82 of the 1,000 largest U.S. cities had mayors of Italian descent, and 166 college and university presidents were of Italian descent
Eight Italian Americans, including a woman, had gone into space as astronauts.
Americans of Italian descent were well known television personalities. Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel, Kelly Ripa and Joy Behar, Maria Bartiromo and Neil Cavuto to name a few.
Italian American TV personalities, such as Mario Batali, Giada DeLaurentiis, Rachael Ray and Lidia Bastianich were hosting popular cooking shows featuring Italian cuisine.
Within a century of the period of peak immigration, Italian Americans had risen into the highest ranks of politics, the judiciary, business, the professions, the military and the Catholic hierarchy. They were counted among the country’s best known sports and entertainment figures.
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