Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago: Workers on the South Side, 1880-1922 / Edition 1

Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago: Workers on the South Side, 1880-1922 / Edition 1

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by Dominic A. Pacyga
     
 


How did working-class immigrants from Poland create new communities in Chicago during the industrial age? This book explores the lives of immigrants in two iconic Polish neighborhoods—the Back of the Yards and South Chicago—and the stockyards and steel mills in which they made their living.

Pacyga shows how Poles forged communities on the South Side

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How did working-class immigrants from Poland create new communities in Chicago during the industrial age? This book explores the lives of immigrants in two iconic Polish neighborhoods—the Back of the Yards and South Chicago—and the stockyards and steel mills in which they made their living.

Pacyga shows how Poles forged communities on the South Side in an attempt to preserve the customs of their homeland—how through the development of churches, the building of schools, the founding of street gangs, and the opening of saloons they tried to recreate the feel of an Eastern European village. Through such institutions, Poles also were able to preserve their folk beliefs and family customs. But in time, the economic hardships of industrialization forced Poles to reach out to their non-Polish neighbors. And this led, in large part, to the organization of labor unions in Chicago's steel and meatpacking industries.

Brimming with insights into the Polish American experience, this book is must reading for anyone interested in the histories of Chicago, the working class, and immigration.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226644240
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
11/15/2003
Edition description:
1
Pages:
322
Sales rank:
1,179,465
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Dominic A. Pacyga is a faculty member in the Liberal Education Department at Columbia College. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of numerous books on the history of Chicago, including The Chicago Bungalow, Chicago: City of Neighborhoods, and Chicago's Southeast Side.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Paperback Edition
Preface
Introduction
1. Poland, Chicago, and the New Economic System
2. Working and Living in Packingtown: Back of the Yards, 1890-1914
3. Working and Living in Steel City: South Chicago, 1890-1914
4. Remaking the Polish Village: The Communal Response
5. Defending the Polish Village: The Extracommunal Response
6. Years of Crisis, 1918-1922
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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