This documentary corpus of over two hundred pictures, from far off 1880 to the end of the 1900s, provides a comprehensive view of the phenomenon of Italian emigration to America. Photographic research was conducted by Allon Schoener. Taken by prestigious or completely unknown photographers, these pictures from the most qualified European and American archives and private collections of Italo-American families narrate and in one way or the other provide an answer to the question of who the Italian American is. As the author is at pains to point out, this show is not so much about the "popular heroes", who are also shown, as it is about the common people. Poverty in the homeland, the journey, the arrival, adaptation, integration of the new generations: these on the whole are the chapters in the saga of Italian emigration to America. The cornerstones of the phenomenon appear within this general framework: emigration as an act of simple good sense, almost inevitable for survival, the preservation of the family group with its traditions and therefore an ethnic identity, the exploitation of the first generation and the gradual integration of subsequent generations, who in turn influence their new homeland with their own culture, handed down and jealously preserved. This important photographic collection is accompanied by an anthology of texts in which emigrants narrate their experiences and impressions. The phenomenon of emigration is highly topical in an Italy that, in the last two centuries, has seen both aspects of this problem: emigration and immigration.