How Italian-Americans learned to love the myth of Columbus and why we have(had) celebrated his statues in the first place

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A statue of Christopher Columbus is visible on the Columbus Memorial Fountain in front of Union Station, Monday, July 6, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

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The Director of Academic and Cultural Programs at the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute of Queens College, Joseph Sciorra, Ph.D., joins Steve Bertrand on Chicago’s Afternoon News to discuss the folklore surrounding Christopher Columbus, how Italian-Americans learned from the Irish to love Columbus, and why American cities erected statues to Columbus in the first place.

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