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Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago: Workers on the South Side, 1880-1922. With a new Preface by the Author.|
Pacyga, Dominic A.
322 pages, 6 x 9, 28 halftones, paperback, University of Chicago Press
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 South Side 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.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
Preface to the Paperback Edition
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