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"Searching for Italy in America's Rural Heartland" tells the heartwarming stories of Italian immigrants who, in the late 1800s and early 1900s, came to this country to find work in the nation's coal mines and on railroads and farms. Focusing on the rural rather than the urban immigrant experience, "Searching for Italy" takes you on a journey to six states - Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana - and, through dozens of interviews with immigrants and their descendants, provides a glimpse into the past.