- Paperback: 322 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 1 edition (November 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226644243
- ISBN-13: 978-0226644240
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago: Workers on the South Side, 1880-1922 1st Edition
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Pacyga shows how Poles forged communities on the South Side in an attempt to preserve the customs of their homeland—how through the development of churches, the building of schools, the founding of street gangs, and the opening of saloons they tried to recreate the feel of an Eastern European village. Through such institutions, Poles also were able to preserve their folk beliefs and family customs. But in time, the economic hardships of industrialization forced Poles to reach out to their non-Polish neighbors. And this led, in large part, to the organization of labor unions in Chicago's steel and meatpacking industries.
Brimming with insights into the Polish American experience, this book is must reading for anyone interested in the histories of Chicago, the working class, and immigration.
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