Ethnic Pride, American Patriotism
Slovaks and Other New Immigrants in the Interwar Era
Publication: Jun 04
Publication: Jun 04
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Creating a community that respected tradition but adapted to new circumstancesRead the Introduction and an excerpt from Chapter 1 (pdf).
In Ethnic Pride, American Patriotism, June Alexander presents a history of inter-war America from the perspective of new Slovak and Eastern European immigrant communities.
Like the groups that preceded them, Slovak immigrants came to define being American as adhering to its political principles; they saw no contradiction between being patriotic Americans and maintaining pride in their ancestry. To counter the negative effects of the 1924 immigration law, Slovaks mobilized a variety of political and cultural activities to insure group survival and promote ethnic pride. In numerous localities "Slovak days" brought first and second generation immigrants together to celebrate their dual identity.
June Granatir Alexander's study adds complexity and nuance to entrenched notions of conflicts between tradition-bound immigrants and their American-born children. Showing that ethnicity mattered to both generations, Alexander challenges generalizations derived from "whiteness" studies.
Table of Contents
Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction: Getting a Perspective on "New Immigrant" America
Part I. The Transatlantic Years: World War I to 1924 1. Hyphenates and Patriots: An Ethnic Perspective on the Great War 2. Unfinished Business: The Homeland, National Identity, and Americanization 3. Memories, Principles, and Reality: The Postwar Era to 1924
Part II. Turning Inward: 1924 Through World War II 4. Manifesting Pride, Power, and Patriotism: Nationality Days in Local Communities 5. Maintaining an Ethnic Image: Fashioning Nationality Days for Local Youths 6. Language and Leisure: Getting the Younger Generation's Perspective 7. Beyond the Generations: Ethnic Activism and Class Interest in the 1930s 8. The Triumph of Principles: National Unity and Ethnic Activism in World War II
Conclusion: Persistent Issues and New Perspectives
Abbreviations Bibliographical Note Notes Index