The immigrant church and community : Pittsburgh's Slovak Catholics and Lutherans, 1880-1915 /
June Granatir Alexander.
Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, c1987.
xxii, 198 p.
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Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, c1987.
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Includes index.
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Bibliography: p. 181-191.
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Alexander's carefully researched institutional history traces the efforts of the pre-WW I generation of Slovak immigrants in Pittsburgh to build familiar religious institutions. Given the need for self-support and the greater role played by the laity in America, these churches could not be close imitations of those they had left behind in Europe. Nevertheless, they allowed the immigrants ``to preserve their traditional language, culture, and religion'' despite premigration differences, while ``founding and supporting these institutions ... constituted part of their adjustment to American society.'' For both Lutherans and the far more numerous Catholics, the initiative in pressing for nationality churches was taken by fraternal organizations. But a diocese sensitive to the defection of Catholic Slovaks used these societies to help develop four national parishes, whereas the single Lutheran church lost fraternal support because of synodal policies. Documented from a broad range of Slovak- and English-language sources, this careful analysis of church organization in a Slovak community (numbering some 5,000 in 1915) can provide only limited insight into the role played by such religious institutions elsewhere, or among other contemporary immigrant groups. Upper-division undergraduates and above.-V.H. Rabe, SUNY College at Geneseo
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