The Eagle and the Cross: A History of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, 1873-2000 / Edition 1

The Eagle and the Cross: A History of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, 1873-2000 / Edition 1

by John Radzilowski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0880335203

ISBN-13: 9780880335201

Pub. Date: 05/21/2003

Publisher: East European Monographs

The Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (PRCUA) is the oldest Polish organization in the United States. At a time when many Polish Americans were disenchanted with the Irish-dominated American Catholic hierarchy, the PRCUA was a bastion of loyalty to the Church and was America's largest Polish-Catholic loyalist organization.

Drawing on a tradition of Catholic

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The Polish Roman Catholic Union of America (PRCUA) is the oldest Polish organization in the United States. At a time when many Polish Americans were disenchanted with the Irish-dominated American Catholic hierarchy, the PRCUA was a bastion of loyalty to the Church and was America's largest Polish-Catholic loyalist organization.

Drawing on a tradition of Catholic positivism, the PRCUA dedicated itself to work on behalf of impoverished immigrants, caring for their physical, moral, educational, and social needs within the framework of the local parish-community.

The Eagle and the Cross is the first comprehensive, English-language history of this important and often overlooked fraternal organization. Lavishly illustrated, the book tells the story of the men and women, laity and clergy, who built and sustained the PRCUA from 1873 to today. It restores this key organization to its rightful place in the history of Polish Americans and reaffirms the central role of Catholicism in the history and culture of this important ethnic group.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780880335201
Publisher:
East European Monographs
Publication date:
05/21/2003
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
6.38(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.63(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Chronology
Introduction1
The Polish Americans7
Polish Chicago and the Origins of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America35
Organic Work59
Narod and Okolica: The PRCUA, the PNA, and the Making of Polish America87
Struggles for Poland, Struggles for Polonia115
A Golden Age163
War, Cold War, and Times of Change209
The women's Department279
The PRCUA, 1970s-1990s295
App. 1: Lists and Statistics315
App. 2The Polish Museum of America321
Bibliography335
Index349

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