In this video segment from Faces of America, we learn about Chef Mario Batali’s Italian ancestors and why they left their Italian homeland in the early 20th century. Nostalgic for the land of his ancestors, Batali is curious as to why they left Italy when they did. Through extensive research, historian Henry Louis Gates, Jr. locates the reason his ancestors were looking for opportunity in the booming mining town of Butte, Montana. But with opportunity came hardship, too.
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