Slovak Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

Slovak Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series)

by Lisa A. Alzo


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Slovak Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Images of America Series) by Lisa A. Alzo

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780738549088
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
Publication date: 11/29/2006
Series: Images of America Series
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 645,180
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)

About 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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