Letters from Readers in the Polish American Press, 1902-1969
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Letters from Readers in the Polish American Press, 1902-1969 : A Corner for Everybody

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A Corner for Everybody is a unique collection of close to five hundred letters from Polish American readers that were published in the Polish-language weekly Ameryka-Echo between 1902 and 1969. Ameryka-Echo, a weekly published from Toledo, Ohio, was one of the most popular and long-lasting newspapers with international circulation. For seven decades, Ameryka-Echo sustained a number of sections based on readers' correspondence, but the most popular of them was a "Corner for Everybody," which featured thousands of letters on a variety of topics. In these letters, Polish immigrants speak in their own words about their American experience, and vigorously debate religion, organization of their community, ethnic identity, American politics and society, and ties to the homeland. The translated letters are annotated and divided into thematic chapters with informative introductions.show more

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  • Hardback | 592 pages
  • 160.02 x 228.6 x 38.1mm | 907.18g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739188720
  • 9780739188729

About Anna D. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann

Anna D. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann is professor of history at Eastern Connecticut State University. Theodore L. Zawistowski taught sociology at Pennsylvania State University and psychology at Marywood University prior to retirement.show more

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This is a delightful, informative, and poignant book...[The book] provides[s] an excellent history of Polish immigration in the U.S. and a summary of the relevant socio-political issues...[This book] is a valuable contribution to the study of Polish-American immigration. It is a wonderful combination of historical background and primary sources, and it makes for a fascinating, often very moving, reading. Slavic and East European Journal This exceptionally well-edited and gracefully translated collection provides unparalleled insight into the evolution of the mentality of the average member of the Polish population of America throughout most of the twentieth century. It represents a prodigious work of scholarship. -- Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski, Central Connecticut State University Rarely do scholars benefit from a vast trove of new primary sources such as this collection of letters written over seven decades to the influential Ameryka-Echo. The editor's insightful comments place the collection in its historical context, while the excellent translations capture the spirit of their authors, not just their words, as they debate critical issues of life, faith, work, and politics. Researchers in immigration, gender, religion, politics or a wide variety of other fields of study will welcome this excellent volume. -- James S. Pula, Purdue Universityshow more

Table of contents

Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction Chapter One: Religion, Church, and Spiritual Life Chapter Two: Polonia Communities in the United States and in Diaspora Chapter Three: Polish American Identity Chapter Four: The American Nation Chapter Five: Homeland Referencesshow more