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Where is my home?

Slovak Immigration to North America (1870–2010)


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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375 Alberta, Anthracite 117; Banff 181; Belle- vue 117; Blairmore 117, 129; Bur- mis 117; Canmore 117; Coleman 117; Grande Prairie 88; Hillcrest 117; Lethbridge 117; SS. Peter and Paul Greek Catholic Church 125, note 43; University of Alberta 301 Ambrose, A. S., publisher, editor, fraternalist 211, note 13 America(n)(s), agents 11; army 74–75, 78, 84, 93, 152, 226; black soldiers 75; Communist Party 232; consulate 283; Counter-Intelligence Corps (CIC) 94; dream 169; ethnic diversity 237; “green card” 244–5, 250; Historical Association 243; Immigration Act 245; intelligence officials 239; “main- stream” 265; suburbs 255; National Origins Acts 245; POW camp 78; pluralism 237; prisoners of war 73– 4; racial politics 163; Red Cross pack- ages 80; Third Army 75; Voice of America 279, 283 American Association for the Advancement of Slavic Studies [AAASS] 271–2 Amerikánsko-slovenské noviny, weekly, Pittsburgh 26–7, 164, 259 Andreánsky, Miloslav (alias Miloš Biel), secret police collaborator 272–73, note 18 Aurolzmünster, village in Austria 70–1, 73– 5, 77–80, 83, 86, 88–90, 93, 142, 172, 337; CARE packages 95, note 46; Graf von Arco auf Valley, land- owner 75, 77, 83–5, 142; Gauleiter 73, 81 Austria(n) 5, 94, 174–5, 337; Alps 72, 314; American army 224; annexed by Germany 55, 76; 86; Bad Schaller- bach 93; black market 74, 80; Gla- senbach 78; government 77; Krems- münster 78; Lipizzaner Stallions 75; military revolt 15; prisoners of war 73–74; refugees in 7,...

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