The New Immigration; A Study of the Industrial and Social Life of Southeastern Europeans in America Volume 3

The New Immigration; A Study of the Industrial and Social Life of Southeastern Europeans in America Volume 3

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1912 edition. Excerpt: ...influence with his people, and the politicians courted his friendship. The men had no other social center, and the saloon-keeper rendered a service to his countrymen by providing one. In Rock Island, a Belgian saloon-keeper was so powerful in politics that he carried the ward in which he lived in his vest pocket. He was reputed to have broken well-nigh every commandment in the decalogue, and yet escaped trial because of his political influence. His saloon was notorious, but the officers of the law connived at all his doings. Lithuanians, who have influence with their countrymen, are especially attracted to the saloon business, and the public house is a favorite rendezvous of a large number of these people. In the license courts of Pennsylvania, the foreign-speaking applicant advanced the argument that a license should be given him for the reason that Americans do not know the tastes of their countrymen and hence cannot concoct the drinks to supply them. It was also argued that men preferred to patronize their countrymen rather than men of other nationalities and that a drinking place for each nationality promoted peace and order, for men having racial antipathy meeting over their cups invariably quarreled. Leaders as Politicians.--Politicians make use of leaders among foreigners. They are their satellites and handle the foreign votes in the colony. One of these political leaders in Bridgeport was in the newspaper business, and was the recognized leader of the Democrats among his people. When asked how long he had been in the country, he said, " Seven years; three I put in the mill for $1.3 5 a day, four in the newspaper business." He was acknowledged by the native-born to be a shrewd leader. He has his circle of workers for...
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  • Paperback | 132 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 249g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236940105
  • 9781236940100