The Polish Hearst

The Polish Hearst : Ameryka-Echo and the Public Role of the Immigrant Press

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Arriving in the U.S. in 1883, typesetter Antoni A. Paryski founded a publishing empire that earned him the nickname "The Polish Hearst." His weekly Ameryka-Echo became a defining publication in the international Polish diaspora and its much-read letters section a public sphere for immigrants to come together as a community to discuss issues in their own language. Anna D. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann mines seven decades' worth of thoughts expressed by Ameryka-Echo readers to chronicle the ethnic press's long-overlooked role in the immigrant experience. Open and unedited debate harkened back to homegrown journalistic traditions, and The Polish Hearst opens the door on the nuances of an editorial philosophy that cultivated readers as important content creators. As Jaroszynska-Kirchmann shows, ethnic publications in the process forged immigrant social networks and pushed notions of education and self-improvement throughout more

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  • Hardback | 304 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 635.03g
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore, United States
  • English
  • 0252039092
  • 9780252039096

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"The Polish Hearst tells a compelling story that fills a void in the record of Antoni Paryski's contributions to the history of America's immigrant newspapers and augments the historiography of the American media to account for the contributions of the professional journalists and the readers-writers of the ethnic press as well."--Ohio Valley History "The author has done an uncommon job in thoroughly analyzing a significant ethnic newspaper and inserting it into the mainstream of contemporary print culture studies." --James P. Danky, author of The German-American Radical Press: The Shaping of Political Culture, 1850-1940 "A superbly framed and detailed analysis of an influential crossover newspaper... In The Polish Hearst, Jaroszynska-Kirchmann exposes the fascinating, interconnected layers of ethnic history through Ameryka-Echo's multi-voiced record."--Polish American Studiesshow more

About Anna D. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann

Anna D. Jaroszynska-Kirchmann is Distinguished Professor of History at Eastern Connecticut State University and author of The Exile Mission: The Polish Political Diaspora and Polish Americans, more

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