Poles in Minnesota

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Polish Americans have been part of Minnesota history since before the state's founding. Taking up farms along newly laid rail networks, Polish immigrants fanned across the countryside in small but important concentrations. In cities like Winona and St. Paul, Northeast Minneapolis and Duluth, as well as on the Iron Range, Polish American workers helped drive a growing industrial and agricultural economy—and established their own cultural identity within the state. Polish Americans, many of them political refugees,...

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Overview

Polish Americans have been part of Minnesota history since before the state's founding. Taking up farms along newly laid rail networks, Polish immigrants fanned across the countryside in small but important concentrations. In cities like Winona and St. Paul, Northeast Minneapolis and Duluth, as well as on the Iron Range, Polish American workers helped drive a growing industrial and agricultural economy—and established their own cultural identity within the state. Polish Americans, many of them political refugees, created and sustained a wide range of community institutions from churches and schools to cultural groups and social clubs in Minnesota. They developed a significant literary tradition, published newspapers, and were instrumental in establishing the state's early labor movement. Author John Radzilowski tells the stories of individuals like Stan Wasie, a Polish immigrant boy who grew up to become a pioneer in the trucking industry, founding Merchants Motor Freight in Northeast Minneapolis in 1927. By the 1950s the successful company had 800 vehicles and its own terminals.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780873515160
  • Publisher: Minnesota Historical Society Press
  • Publication date: 2/15/2005
  • Series: The People of Minnesota Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 727,137
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

John Radzilowski is a senior fellow at Piast Institute: A National Center for Polish and Polish American Affairs and president of the Polish American Cultural Institute of Minnesota. He lives in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Poles in Minnesota 1
Rural settlement 6
Urban settlement 15
Family, home, and parish 22
Parish and community 27
Community and organizations 44
The cause of Poland and the world outside 52
The interwar period and World War II 57
Minnesota Polonia after World War II 63
Personal account : reminiscences from Lincoln County 79
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