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Where is my home?

Slovak Immigration to North America (1870–2010)

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Mark Stolarik

Between 1870 and 2010 over half a million Slovaks migrated to the USA and Canada. As other ethnic groups from East Central Europe, they headed principally to the industrial triangle of the USA and to central Canada’s cities in search of work. Finding themselves in strange surroundings, they quickly established institutions that helped them to survive in a capitalist economy and to also preserve their religion, language and culture. As for many other ethnic groups, the border between the USA and Canada was to them irrelevant. Slovaks crossed it according to economic need and stayed in touch with each other. Meanwhile, they also remained in touch with their families in Europe and helped their people to survive Magyarization in Austria-Hungary, to achieve self-determination in the new Republic of Czechoslovakia and, finally, independence.
For the first time ever, the author has told the epic story of Slovak immigration to North America. Based upon forty years of archival and library research, supplemented by the life histories of over two dozen families scattered across the USA and Canada, and lavishly illustrated, this book will satisfy both academics and the general public who have long been waiting for a comprehensive history of this significant member of the family of Slavic nations.

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Illustrations 1. Stolárik family wedding, Turzovka, 1905 . . . . . . . . . . 14 2. Stolárik log cabin, painting, 1968 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 3. Imrich Stolárik, Forest Ranger, Dlhá, 1942 . . . . . . . . . 19 4. P. V. Rovnianek, Pittsburgh, PA, ca. 1900 . . . . . . . . . . 28 5. Štefan Furdek, Cleveland, OH, ca. 1900 . . . . . . . . . . . 29 6. The widowed Margita with Veronica and Hyacinta, Bratislava, 1927 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49 7. Engagement of Imrich Stolárik (Jr.) and Margita Krajcîovicîová, Zî ilina, 1931 . . . . . . . . . . . 50 8. The Stolárik home, Martin, 1941 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51 9. Wedding of Ladislav Belloni and Hyacinta Krajcîovicîová, Bratislava, 1948 . . . . . . . . . . . 90 10. Stolárik family in Aurolzmünster, 1950 . . . . . . . . . . . . 93 11. Russian tanks in Prešov, 1968 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 109 12. Ivancîo family in Oshawa, ON, 1957 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 115 13. Wedding of Andrej Potocký and Anna Matulák, Fort William, 1919 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 14. The Goya, 1950 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 146 15. Margita Stolárik and Demeter (Dave) Vavro, Ottawa, 1951 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 151 16. Vavro family, Cleveland, OH, 1940 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 156 17. Old St. Andrew’s Abbey, Cleveland, OH, ca. 1940 . . . 157 18. Konštantín Cîulen, ca. 1950 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162 19. Stolarik family, Ottawa, 1960 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 178 20. Wedding of John Zongora and Veronica Krajcîovicîová, Hull, QC, 1951 . . . . . . . . . . . 180 x21. Slovak community in Ottawa in front of St. Hyacinth church, 1971 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 187 22. Stolárik-Ivancîo wedding in Oshawa, ON, 1968 . . . . . 201 23. Miloš Gosiorovský, ca. 1960 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 208 24. Štefan Martincîek, ca. 1900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 210 25. Jozef Schiffel, ca. 1920 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 214 26. Marek Cîulen, ca. 1950 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 215 27. Viliam Plevza, ca. 1980 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 233 28. Christening of...

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