Italian Americans in the 1950s
In 2009 there were over 17 million Italian Americans in the United States, which means one North American out of ten has a bit of Italian blood, and many are the ties that bind Italy to the USA.
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The Italian Legacy
The Italian style is displayed in the shoes and bags in shopwindows, in the stores of hairdressers and stylists; on the road, with prestige and family cars as well as Vespa scooters.
And also in traditions, such as the Feast of San Gennaro, in art and culture with architects, designers, and in American museums where works by Perugino, Botticelli, Raphael are preserved.
Latin poet Horace said, at the time of the Romans, Graecia capta ferum victorem cepit (= defeated Greece captured the savage victor), it seems that Italian art, taste, and style have earned a special place in the American imagination.