Faces of America

Becoming American

Season 1, Episode 2 of 4

Episode Two explores the many journeys to becoming American that defined the "Century of Immigration" (1820s ? 1924) and transformed the United States from a sleepy agrarian country into a booming industrial power. Stephen Colbert's Irish great-great-grandfather escaped poverty and religious oppression in Limerick and never looked back, whereas Mario Batali's great-grandfather, who left the place where his family had lived for centuries, struggled to survive in the quartz mines of Montana. Her Majesty Queen Noor's Syrian great-grandfather quickly found his footing in New York's first Arab American community, while Kristi Yamaguchi's grandfather faced exclusionary laws and racially-defined barriers to citizenship for decades. The obstacles, short-cuts, tragedies and successes encountered or created by the guests' ancestors from around the world reveal the complexity of our shared history and identity as Americans.

Previously Aired

Day
Time
Channel
2/17/2010
8 p.m.
2/18/2010
3 a.m.
2/10/2011
10 p.m.
2/11/2011
3 a.m.
6/14/2011
2 p.m.
6/15/2011
1/14/2013
10 p.m.
1/15/2013
3 a.m.
2/17/2013
noon
2/17/2013
8 p.m.
2/18/2013
2 a.m.
2/23/2013
1 p.m.
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