Our Slavic Fellow Citizens

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Charities Publication Committee, 1910 - Slavic Americans - 536 pages
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Page 67 - Janua) could carry it, was indeed agreed with all by our Mr. Winthrop in his Travels through the Low Countries, to come over into New England and Illuminate this Colledge and country, in the Quality of a President, which was now become vacant.
Page 117 - States, carrying with them feelings of bitterness and resentment toward the authorities of their native land. They speedily learn to profit by the free institutions of their adopted country, and to-day the 400,000 Slovaks of America possess a national culture and organization which present a striking contrast to the cramped development of their kinsmen in Hungary. There are more Slovak newspapers in America than in Hungary; but the Magyars seek to redress the balance by refusing to deliver these...
Page 6 - In American communities they have different churches, societies, newspapers, and a separate social life. Too often the lines of cleavage are marked by antipathies and old animosities. The Pole wastes no love on the Russian, nor the Ruthenian on the Pole, and a person who acts in ignorance of these facts, a missionary for instance, or a political boss, or a trade union organizer, may find himself in the position of a host who should innocently invite a Fenian from County Cork to hobnob with an Ulster...
Page 400 - America he is feted and entertained everywhere by his own countrymen, and is shown America through their eyes. "I visited for two weeks in Cedar Rapids and never spoke anything but Bohemian,
Page 193 - The Dalmatians seemed much more aware of the outside world, more enterprising and were quite striking in appearance: Physically the Dalmatian is a splendid type. Ethnologists note with some surprise the exceptional height of the Dalmatians, and still more of their neighbors of Bosnia-Hercegovina. They are among the tallest men of Europe, and not only tall but sturdy and markedly fine in their carriage. They are darker than the more northern Slavs, but very often the honest blue eyes of the Slav look...
Page 418 - His helplessness makes him sought for as prey by sharpers and grafters ; it is all that the immigration officials can do to keep them off as he lands. As soon as he leaves the paternal care of Ellis Island they attack in force. Boarding-house runners, shady employment agents, sellers of shoddy wares, extortionate hack drivers and expressmen beset his way. One hears all sorts of stories of abuses from both Americans and Slavs — of bosses who take bribes to give employment or to assign good chambers...
Page 398 - America was empty, open to all comers alike. There is no reason for the English to usurp the name of American. They should be called Yankees if anything. That is the name of English-Americans. There is no such thing as an American nation. Poles form a nation, but the United States is a country, under one government, inhabited . by representatives of different nations.
Page 399 - European, on the contrary, is apt to suffer from the complimentary illusion, and to believe that practically all Americans are recent European emigrants, mainly, or at least largely, from his own country. Frenchmen have insisted to me that a large proportion of the United States is French, and Germans often believe that it is mainly German and that one could travel comfortably throughout the United States with a knowledge of German alone. This is very natural. A man sees his own country people flocking...
Page 423 - And they, disgraced here in their native country, Lift up proud heads since o'er the seas they came, And there he speaks aloud who here was silent, And glories there in what he here thought shame. Columbia to him self-knowledge gives, Surprised he finds that only now he lives. Hail to our brothers whom their stepdame cruel Drove from their simple huts, their native sod. Columbia, thou hast smitten off the fetters, Lifting them up to manhood, heaven, and God.
Page 189 - They send a great deal home to the churches, too; they are supporting a poor man, and in 1903. when there were the disturbances in Croatia about the Hungarian flag and the Hungarian inscriptions on the railroad stations, our, brothers in America sacrificed a great deal for the support of the families of those under arrest. They love Croatia dearly. Each one longs for home and wants to die here. We Slavs are so soft-natured. Homesickness is our disease. On account of it many Croatians cannot hold...

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