Beyond the golden door. A new life in America.
told through anecdotes and experiences rooted in twentieth century history, the book reveals the challegnes that immigrants faced as they adapted to American culture. It traces the growth and the change of ethnic communities, and shows the relationship that developed between Italians and other cultures. This nostalgic view of the past describes the trauma of permanent separation from family, the perils of travel in steerage, the fear of rejection at America's doorstep, and the hurt suffered from discrimination.
"Exclusion hurts" observs Elisa. "I thank my immigrants parents, who taught us to respect the dignity of all people. Socrates said it best: 'as the twig is bent so grows the tree'".