Cleveland Slovacks, Ohio (Images of America Series)

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Cleveland's Slovaks can best be characterized as survivors. Many survived ethnic persecution and poverty so they could have a chance at something better. Beginning with a small core of immigrants seeking work aboveground rather than in the coal mines of neighboring states, Cleveland's Slovak community grew through a giant chain migration. Their neighborhoods flourished close to their jobs and their churches. Many of the ancestors of today's Slovaks came to the United States classified as Hungarians. In their ...
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Overview


Cleveland's Slovaks can best be characterized as survivors. Many survived ethnic persecution and poverty so they could have a chance at something better. Beginning with a small core of immigrants seeking work aboveground rather than in the coal mines of neighboring states, Cleveland's Slovak community grew through a giant chain migration. Their neighborhoods flourished close to their jobs and their churches. Many of the ancestors of today's Slovaks came to the United States classified as Hungarians. In their hearts, though, they knew what they were and what language they spoke. They held on to their native language even as they learned English and unwaveringly encouraged their children to strive for the opportunity America offered. According to the 2000 census, 93,500 northeast Ohioans claim Slovak heritage. The photographs in Cleveland Slovaks show their neighborhoods and family life and give readers an appreciation of the community's legacy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738552422
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2009
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 127
  • Sales rank: 995,192
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


John T. Sabol is a Cleveland native, writer, and historian who has published several church histories and genealogical articles. Lisa A. Alzo, a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer, is the author of six books and numerous magazine articles and serves on the board of directors for the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 6

Introduction 7

1 From These Roots 9

2 For God and Country Part I 15

3 For the Good of All 45

4 School Days Slovak Style 53

5 For God and Country Part II 63

6 Work, Families, Neighborhoods 73

7 Life's Joys 91

8 Where There Is a Slovak, There Is a Song 105

9 Winners All 119

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