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This volume is a collection of Dr. Rechcigl's essays, surveys, and personal insights relating to the history and the contributions of Czech and Slovak immigrants in America. The texts traces the Bohemian and Moravian pioneers in Colonial America, the Moravian Brethren, the first Slovaks in America, and the Jewish pioneer settlers from the territory of former Czechoslovakia. Rechcigl also emphasizes the the Bohemian, Moravian and Slovak contributions to American science and ...
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This volume is a collection of Dr. Rechcigl's essays, surveys, and personal insights relating to the history and the contributions of Czech and Slovak immigrants in America. The texts traces the Bohemian and Moravian pioneers in Colonial America, the Moravian Brethren, the first Slovaks in America, and the Jewish pioneer settlers from the territory of former Czechoslovakia. Rechcigl also emphasizes the the Bohemian, Moravian and Slovak contributions to American science and scholarship.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780880335737
  • Publisher: Eastern European Monographs
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Series: East European Monograph Series
  • Pages: 317
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

I Bibliographies
1 Czechoslovak American bibliography : a state of the art and guide to bibliographies 1
2 Czech Americans : a selective bibliography in English 15
3 Slovak Americans : a selective bibliography in English 27
II General surveys
1 Bohemian and Moravian pioneers in colonial America 35
2 Moravian brethren from Bohemia, Moravia and Silesia : their arrival and settlement in America 47
3 The first Slovaks in America 69
4 Jewish pioneer settlers in America from the Czechlands and Slovakia 75
III Cultural contribution
1 Czech contributions to American scientific and technological thought 95
2 Cultural contributions of Americans with roots in Moravia 109
3 Cultural contributions of Americans with roots in Slovakia 125
4 NAS members with Czech or Slovak roots 139
5 Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU) : historical milestones in its development and activities 149
6 Czech Americans in sports and athletics 161
IV Historical essays
1 Gateway to America 171
2 Augustine Herman Bohemiensis 177
3 The first Bohemian settler in Pennsylvania 187
4 Czech pioneers in Wisconsin 191
5 The first Czech in Chicago 197
6 Czech American tradesmen - masters of their profession 201
7 Czech America in the struggle for independent Czechoslovakia 207
V Family histories and genealogies
1 Descendants of Augustine Herman 211
2 The demuth genealogy 223
3 Another visit to Moravian demuths 239
4 The Czech roots of Countess Zinzendorf 243
5 The Moravian and the Bohemian roots of President Bush and his contender for US presidency Senator Kerry 259
VI Reflections and personal insights
1 The Czech character 279
2 The idea vs. the sword 285
3 The love of one's homeland 289
4 Czech traditions and folklore 293
VII Miloslav Rechcigl, Jr.
1 Biographical sketch 299
2 In his own words 303
3 Rechcigl's writings relating to Czechoslovak America 307
4 Writings about and tributes to Mila Rechcigl 315
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 6, 2005

    New Book about Czechs and Slovaks in America

    Czechs and Slovaks in America. By Miloslav Rechcigl, Jr. Boulder, CO: East European Monographs, 2005. Distributed by Columbia Univeristy Press. 317 p. On the occasion of his 75th birthday, the Czechosloslovak Society of Arts and Sciences (SVU) has just published a volume of selected writings of Miloslav Rechcigl, Jr., who is the Society's current President. It comprises general surveys, essays, reflections and personal insights of the author relating to the history and the contributions of Czech and Slovak immigrants in America and their descendants. The material covered is based on Rechcigl's extensive research, which he began soon after his arrival in the US in 1950. It encompasses a wealth of information about the Czech and Slovak immigrants in America, from the time of the first known Bohemian who put his foot on American soil toward the end of 16th century, some thirty-five years before the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, MA in 1620, to date. Dr. Rechcigl has always been very intrigued by the life and accomplishments of Augustine Herman, the first historically known Bohemian to permanently settle in America a - the eminent Maryland and Virginia pioneer map maker, the Bohemian Jesuit missionary work in Latin America in the late 17th century, the Moravian Brethren's Diaspora and their cultural contributions to America, and the immigration and the achievements of the Jewish pioneer settlers from the territory of the former Czechoslovakia, which is reflected in the monograph. Covered are also numerous contributions of Czech and Slovaks to the growth and development oil the United States, including science scholarship. Apart from American ethnic history, Rechcigl has become an authority on the Czech American bibliography and genealogy which is the reason why the editors have also included his writings in this area. It complements the rest of the material remarkably well and enriches its contents and the utility of the volume as a documentary reference.The writings are based on the heretofore unpublished author's manuscripts, as well as on his selected periodical articles and book chapters that have been, for the most part, brought up to date. The volume is supplemented with Rechcigl's biographical sketch and his fascinating and provocative self-assessment ?What makes him tick? from his yet unpublished Memoirs, and the listing of his writings relating to the subject of this monograph, as well as articles about him The monograph is a tribute to Mila Rechcigl for all his work of almost fifty years which he has devoted to building SVU, an international society aimed at the advancement of the Czech and Slovak studies worldwide and the fostering of intellectual collaboration with the Czech and Slovak Republics, which extends to almost fifty fears of his professional life and to his extraordinary scholarship relating to the history and contributions of Czechs and Slovaks abroad.We highly recommend this timely and unique publication to anyone who is interested in the history and contributions of Czech and Slovak immigrants in America. The book is an important source of information much of which has not been generally known.

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