Belarusans in the United States

Overview

Belarusans in the United States traces the history and describes the lives and activities of the over half-million Belarusans who have entered the United States over the last century. Vitaut Kipel presents extensive statistics and documentation on these immigrants so that they can be understood within the socio-political contexts that prevailed in Belarus and the United States. He clarifies the complex terms necessary to understand the Belarusan settlers because of the constantly changing names and rulers of this...
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Overview

Belarusans in the United States traces the history and describes the lives and activities of the over half-million Belarusans who have entered the United States over the last century. Vitaut Kipel presents extensive statistics and documentation on these immigrants so that they can be understood within the socio-political contexts that prevailed in Belarus and the United States. He clarifies the complex terms necessary to understand the Belarusan settlers because of the constantly changing names and rulers of this land now known as the Republic of Belarus. Kipel demonstrates the growing sense of nationalism felt by the Belarusans as the end of the Soviet Union neared and the eventual independence of Belarus became imminent. He notes the effects of the events in Belarus on those who moved to the United States, while chronicling the actions of the people as a group in a new country.
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Editorial Reviews

American Studies International
Vitaut Kipel knows nearly everything there is to know about the history and present status of Belarusans in the U.S.
Canadian/Slavonic Papers
This book is very important because it is a successful attempt to throw light on the lives of immigrants...
Canadian Slavonic Papers
This book is very important because it is a successful attempt to throw light on the lives of immigrants...
Booknews
Having arrived himself in 1955, Kipel examines a group of eastern European immigrants who have remained largely invisible in the US because they did not have a separate country and so were identified as the nationality of whatever country they had come from. Most of the conditions and events he describes are from before the Republic of Belarus was established in 1991 from shards of the Soviet Union. He traces the history of their immigration and organization, and current activities. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR booknews.com
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761813064
  • Publisher: University Press of America
  • Publication date: 6/3/1999
  • Pages: 610
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Vitaut Kipel is Chairman of the Belarusan Institute of Arts and Sciences.
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Table of Contents

chapter 1 Introduction chapter 2 Conceptualizing Belarus chapter 3 Research, Publications, and Pertinent Statistics On Belarusan Emigration/Immigration chapter 4 Some Ethnic Characteristics of Belarusans chapter 5 Waves and Causes of Emigration from Belarus chapter 6 Distribution: First Jobs chapter 7 Initial Contacts With Organizations and the Beginning of Ethnic Awareness chapter 8 Origins and Development of Belarusan Organizations chapter 9 The Belarusan Masses Prior to World War II, and the War Years chapter 10 The Post World War II Wave of Belarusan Immigration chapter 11 Religious Structures chapter 12 Activities chapter 13 Publishing, Belarusica in Print Media, Readership, Records, Radio and TV Coverage chapter 14 Belarusan-American Heritage and Relations chapter 15 Acquired Characteristics of Belarusan-Americans chapter 16 Conclusion chapter 17 Appendix: Belarusan Alphabets chapter 18 Index
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