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Streetcar parishes : Slovak immigrants build their nonlocal communities, 1890-1945 /
Robert M. Zecker.
Selinsgrove : Susquehanna University Press, c2010.
329 p. : maps ; 25 cm.
1575911353 (alk. paper), 9781575911359 (alk. paper)
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Selinsgrove : Susquehanna University Press, c2010.
1575911353 (alk. paper)
9781575911359 (alk. paper)
contents note
Slovaks at home : the case for a translocal community in Upper Hungary -- Port of arrival : Philadelphia -- Neighborhoods : Slovak partial communities -- Slovak churches : building blocks of community -- "I guess we just dealt with the Slovaks" : fraternal clubs and Slovak American identity.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Robert M. Zecker is the author of Metropolis: The American City in Popular Culture and numerous articles in journals such as The Journal of American Ethnic History, American Studies, The Oral History Review. The Journal of Social History, and The Journal of Popular Culture. He is currently working on a book on race and the immigrant press and is associate professor of history at Saint Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-05-01:
While some immigrant groups, at least in select locations, have settled in so-called "little" communities, others, including Philadelphia's turn-of the-20th-century Slovak, have established far-flung residential patterns, often based on proximity to employment. Zecker's engaging study explores how these geographically dispersed men and women built ethnically based social networks. Association with churches and fraternal organizations, often located a significant distance from the immigrants' homes, formed the foundation. For example, the Slovaks created their own Catholic parish and built their church in "nobody's neighborhood.. They socialized at Pulaski Hall, to which many would have had to travel, not a "nearby yet remote" Italian club, which had been created for members of that ethnic group. These practices allowed the Slovaks to create what Zecker (Saint Francis Xavier Univ., Nova Scotia) calls a "trans-local" community. This innovative paradigm for understanding the immigrant experience will appeal to scholars, but the book's academic orientation will not deter general readers. Those interested in Slovak immigration, Philadelphia's ethnic history, or simply the US immigrant experience will find much to enjoy in the chapters dealing with neighborhoods, churches, and clubs. Summing Up: Recommended. Most levels/libraries. R. F. Zeidel University of Wisconsin--Stout
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Main Description
This book examines how small immigrant groups created a community for themselves if they could never control their own piece of the city, an ethnic ghetto, in which all or nearly all residents shared the same Old Country home. For many immigrants, community was not geographically circumscribed. Creative means existed for drawing widely dispersed people back into an institutionally based community centered on churches, social clubs, fraternal societies, and sporting leagues.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Introductionp. 13
Slovaks at Home: The Case for a Translocal Community in Upper Hungaryp. 31
Port of Arrival: Philadelphiap. 63
Neighborhoods: Slovak Partial Communitiesp. 80
Slovak Churches: Building Blocks of Communityp. 116
ôI Guess We Just Dealt with the Slovaksö: Fraternal Clubs and Slovak American Identityp. 160
Conclusionp. 211
Notesp. 217
Bibliographyp. 285
Indexp. 309
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