Ethnic Pride, American Patriotism

Slovaks and Other New Immigrants in the Interwar Era

June Granatir Alexander
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296 pages
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Creating a community that respected tradition but adapted to new circumstances

Read 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

About the Author(s)

June Granatir Alexander is on the faculty of the Russian and East European Studies Program at the University of Cincinnati. She is also the author of The Immigrant Church and Community: Pittsburgh's Slovak Catholics and Lutherans, 1880-1915.