Slovak Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

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No other city in the United States is home to more Slovaks than Pittsburgh. It is estimated that close to 100,000 Slovak immigrants came to the area in the 1890s looking for work and the chance for a better life. The hills and valleys of this new land reminded newcomers of the farms, forests, and mountains they left behind. They lived in neighborhoods close to their work, forming numerous cluster communities in such places as Braddock, Duquesne, Homestead, Munhall, the North Side, Rankin, and Swissvale. Once ...
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Overview


No other city in the United States is home to more Slovaks than Pittsburgh. It is estimated that close to 100,000 Slovak immigrants came to the area in the 1890s looking for work and the chance for a better life. The hills and valleys of this new land reminded newcomers of the farms, forests, and mountains they left behind. They lived in neighborhoods close to their work, forming numerous cluster communities in such places as Braddock, Duquesne, Homestead, Munhall, the North Side, Rankin, and Swissvale. Once settled, Slovak immigrants founded their own churches, schools, fraternal benefit societies, and social clubs. Many of these organizations still enjoy an active presence in Pittsburgh today, serving to pass on the customs and traditions of the Slovak people. Through nearly 200 photographs, Slovak Pittsburgh celebrates the lives of those Slovaks who settled in Pittsburgh and western Pennsylvania, and the rich heritage that is their legacy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738549088
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 11/29/2006
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 660,692
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Lisa A. Alzo, a native of Pittsburgh, is a freelance writer, instructor, and lecturer. She is also a published author of books and magazine articles related to immigrant history, including Pittsburgh's Immigrants.
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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     6
Introduction     7
Old Country, New World     9
Rodina     21
From Cradle to Grave     43
Religion     61
Education     73
At Work     79
Those Who Served     89
Slovak Clusters     97
Food, Folklore, and Tradition     109
Celebrations, Events, and Festivals     119
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