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The United States Immigration Policy and Immigrants’ Responses

Past and Present

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Edited By Agnieszka Malek and Dorota Praszalowicz

The contributions in this book focus on U.S. migration policies, receiving society, ethnic communities and return migration. The authors analyze various aspects of migratory history ranging from the nineteenth to the twenty-first century. They cover such topics as the times when Eastern European immigrants in the USA encountered hostility and marginalization, the efforts to create American Polonia military formations during the WWI, the problem of ethnic mobilization among Ukrainian political migrants in the U.S. as well as how state policies influence the movement of people. All the contributions are extended and revised versions of the papers presented at the 7th Workshop American Ethnicity and Ethnic Community Building.

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Building the Community of the post-World War II Polish Political Exiles in Chicago – Mutual Aid Association of the New Polish Immigration (Joanna Wojdon)

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Joanna Wojdon

Building the Community of the post-World War II Polish Political Exiles in Chicago – Mutual Aid Association of the New Polish Immigration

Abstract: The post-World War II Polish political exiles have been so far presented predominantly through the lenses of their “exile mission” – political activities aimed at regaining the full independence of Poland. This paper focuses on the activities of this immigration cohort addressed to the members of its own community as reflected in the everyday (or rather annual) routine of Stowarzyszenie Pomocy Nowej Emigracji (Mutual Aid Association of the New Polish Immigration) in Chicago, founded in 1949.

Keywords: Polish Americans, Polish exiles, post-WWII Polish political emigration, Polish Displaced Persons, Polish Diaspora, post-WWII American ethnic history

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