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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Journal of American Ethnic History
His monograph is descriptive, informative, and it deeply enriches our knowledge about the PRCUA, as well as American and Chicago Polonia. The Eagle and the Cross is a well-written, informative book.

— Adam Walaszek

Journal of American Ethnic History - Adam Walaszek
His monograph is descriptive, informative, and it deeply enriches our knowledge about the PRCUA, as well as American and Chicago Polonia. The Eagle and the Cross is a well-written, informative book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880335201
  • Publisher: East European Monographs
  • Publication date: 5/21/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.63 (d)

Meet the Author

John Radzilowski is an independent historian.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
The Polish Americans 7
Polish Chicago and the Origins of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America 35
Organic Work 59
Narod and Okolica: The PRCUA, the PNA, and the Making of Polish America 87
Struggles for Poland, Struggles for Polonia 115
A Golden Age 163
War, Cold War, and Times of Change 209
The women's Department 279
The PRCUA, 1970s-1990s 295
App. 1: Lists and Statistics 315
App. 2 The Polish Museum of America 321
Bibliography 335
Index 349
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