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Polish Americans

Author: Helena Znaniecka Lopata; Mary Patrice Erdmans
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Transaction Publishers, [1994]
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Second, Revised EditionView all editions and formats
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This book examines Polonia, the Polish ethnic community in America created by three giant waves of immigrants who came to this country in the years spanning 1880 through 1990. Recent political changes in Poland and its relation to the United States, as well as the arrival of immigrants in the last two decades invite reexamination of this special community. As Lopata shows, Polonia's complicated history is reflected  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Helena Znaniecka Lopata; Mary Patrice Erdmans
ISBN: 1560001003 9781560001003
OCLC Number: 27034230
Description: xxiii, 294 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Background to the Study of Polonia --
2. Home and Host Countries --
3. Creating and Maintaining an Ethnic Community --
4. Relations between Polonia and Poland --
5. Polonia's Relations with the Rest of American Society --
6. The Polish Americans: Patterns of Change --
7. Life in Polonia --
8. Recent Political Action on Behalf of Poland: The Interrelationships among Polonia's Cohorts 1978-1990 --
9. The Long View --
Appendix A: Polish American Fraternal Organizations, Selected Years --
Appendix B: Nonfraternal Polish American Voluntary Associations (sections a and b) --
Appendix C: Major Occupation Groups of the Male Population, 16 Years Old and Over in 1969 and 25 Years and Over in 1980, by Ethnic Origin (in thousands) --
Appendix D: Major Occupation Groups of the Female Population, 16 Years Old and Over in 1969 and 25 Years Old and Over in 1980, by Ethnic Origin (in thousands) --
Appendix E: Highest Grade of School Completed by Persons 25 Years Old and Over by Ethnic Origin --
Appendix F: Educational Attainment of Men and Women Born in the United States, Aged 25 and Over, 1980, by Ancestry.
Responsibility: Helena Znaniecka Lopata ; with a new chapter by Mary Patrice Erdmans.

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This book examines Polonia, the Polish ethnic community in America created by three giant waves of immigrants who came to this country in the years spanning 1880 through 1990. Recent political changes in Poland and its relation to the United States, as well as the arrival of immigrants in the last two decades invite reexamination of this special community. As Lopata shows, Polonia's complicated history is reflected in the lives of increasing numbers of Polish Americans as they achieve middle-class status. Polish immigration to the United States after 1970 included many former members of Solidarity who entered as refugees, quota, and nonquota immigrants. Lopata explores reasons for hostility between this group and preceding immigrants due to status competition and cultural divergence. In contrast, she describes new forces binding Polish American in recent years. As Poland faces extremem problems in trying to redemocratize and privatize, it has turned to Polonia for economic assistance. Successful business leaders and organizations representing all three waves of immigrants have focused on private enterprise investment and the education of Poles in capitalist ways of doing business. Polish Americans examines the impact of postcommunist changes in Poland and the presence of the third wave of immigrants on Polonia. It studies this community as a living entity, with internal divisions and conflicts, and explores relations with the home nation and the country of settlement. Polish Americans will be a basic resources and reference for courses in ethnicity, multicultural societies, and American studies. It will also be of interest to historians, political scientists, sociologists, as well as Polish Americans. -- From dust jacket.

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