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Reading List (compiled by John Radzilowski)

General Histories   Politics, Labor, Unionism
Historiography   Society, Religion, Culture
Immigrant Studies   Bibliographies
Community Studies   Back to Book Index

General Histories and Collected Works   Top of Page

Blejwas, Stanislaus A. and Mieczyslaw B. Biskupski, eds. Pastor of the Poles: Polish-American Essays Presented to Right Reverend Monsignor John P. Wodarski in Honor of the Fiftieth Anniversary of His Ordination. New Britain, Conn.: Polish Studies Program Monographs, 1982.

Brozek, Andrzej. Polish Americans, 1854-1939. Warsaw: Interpress, 1985.

Bukowczyk, John J. And My Children Did Not Know Me: A History of the Polish Americans. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1988.

Kruszka, Waclaw. A History of Poles in America to 1908, James S. Pula, ed., Krystyna Jankowski, trans. Washington, D.C.: Catholic University of America Press, 1993-97. In four volumes.

Kuniczak, W. S. My Name is Million: An Illustrated History of Poles in America. Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1978.

Pula, James S. Polish Americans: An Ethnic Community. New York: Twayne, 1995.

Renkiewicz, Frank, ed. The Polish Presence in Canada and America. Toronto: Multicultural History Society of Ontario, 1982.

Thomas, William I. and Florian Znaniecki. The Polish Peasant in Europe and America, 2d ed. New York: Dover Publications, Inc., 1958; reprint of 1919-1920.


Historiography   Top of Page

Blejwas, Stanislaus A. "Stanislaw Osada: Immigrant Nationalist," Polish American Studies 50, no. 1 (Spring 1993): 23-50.

Brozek, Andrzej. "Historiography of Polish Emigration in North America," Immigration History Newsletter 18, no. 1 (1986): 1-4.

Bukowczyk, John J. "'Harness for Posterity the Values of a Nation': Fifty Years of the Polish American Historical Association and Polish American Studies," Polish American Studies 50, no. 2 (Autumn 1993): 5-110.

Bukowczyk, John J., ed. Polish Americans and Their History. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, 1996.

Cienciala, Anna M. "Foundations of Polish-American Scholarship: Karol Wachtl," Polish American Studies 50, no. 1 (Spring 1993): 51-73.

Mostwin, Danuta. "Thomas and Znaniecki's The Polish Peasant in Europe and America: The Survival of the Book," Polish American Studies 50, no. 1 (Spring 1993): 75-84.

Pula, James S. "Review of Research on Polish America, 1968-1988," Ethnic Forum 9, no. 1-2 (1989): 5-30.

Szymczak, Robert. "Pioneer Days: Mieczyslaw Haiman and Polish-American Historiography," Polish American Studies 50, no. 1 (Spring 1993): 7-22.


Immigrant Studies   Top of Page

Bukoski, Anthony. "Polonaise," Forkroads: A Journal of Ethnic-American Literature 1, no. 2 (Winter 1995): 53-55.

Klinkenborg, Verlyn. The Last Fine Time. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1991.

Kula, Witold, Nina Assorodobraj-Kula, Marcin Kula, and Josephine Wtulich, eds. Writing Home: Immigrants in Brazil and the United States, 1890-1891, trans. Josephine Wtulich. Boulder, Colo.: East European Monographs, 1986.

Morawska, Ewa. For Bread With Butter: The Life-Worlds of East Central Europeans in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1890-1940. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985.

----. "The Labor Migrations of Poles in the Atlantic World Economy, 1880-1914," Comparative Studies in Society and History 31, no. 2 (April 1989).

Radzialowski, Thaddeus. "The View from a Polish Ghetto: Some Observations on the First One Hundred Years in Detroit," Ethnicity 1, no. 2 (July 1974): 125-150.

Novak, Michael. The Rise of the Unmeltable Ethnics: Politics and Culture in the Seventies. New York: Macmillian Company, 1971, 1972.

Walaszek, Adam. "'How Could It All Appear So Rosy?'-Re-emigrants from the United States in Poland, 1919-1924," Polish American Studies 49, no. 2 (Autumn 1992): 43-60.


Community Studies   Top of Page

Baker, T. Lindsay. The First Polish Americans: Silesian Settlements in Texas. College Station: Texas A & M University Press, 1979.

Bodnar, John, Roger Simon, and Michael P. Weber. Lives of Their Own: Blacks, Italians, and Poles in Pittsburgh, 1900-1960. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1982.

Goc, Michael. Native Realm: The Polish-American Community of Portage County, Wisconsin, 1857-1992. Stevens Point: Worzalla Publishing, 1992.

Kajencki, Francis C. Poles in the Nineteenth Century Southwest. El Paso: Southwest Polonia Press, 1990.

Kolinski, Dennis. "Polish Rural Settlement in America," Polish American Studies 52, no. 2 (Autumn 1995): 21-55.

Radzilowski, John. Out on the Wind: Poles and Danes in Lincoln County, Minnesota, 1880-1905. Marshall, Minn.: Crossings Press, 1992, 1995.

Wrobel, Paul. Our Way: Family, Parish, and Neighborhood in a Polish-American Community. Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 1979.


Politics, Labor, Unionism   Top of Page

Greene, Victor. Faith and Fatherland: The Rise of Polish and Lithuanian Ethnic Consciousness in America. Madison: State Historical Society of Wisconsin, 1975.

----. The Slavic Community on Strike: Immigrant Labor in Pennsylvania Anthracite. Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press, 1965.

Kantowicz, Edward R. Polish-American Politics in Chicago, 1888-1940. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1975.

Novak, Michael. The Guns of Lattimer: The True Story of a Massacre and a Trial, August 1897-March 1898. New York: Basic Books, 1978.

Nowak, Margaret Collingwood. Two Who Were There: A Biography of Stanley Nowak. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1989.

Pacyga, Dominic. Polish Immigrants and Industrial Chicago: Workers on the South Side, 1880-1922. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1991.

Pienkos, Angela T., ed. Ethnic Politics in Urban America: The Polish Experience in Four Cities. Chicago: Polish American Historical Association, 1978.

Pula, James S. and Eugene E. Dziedzic. United We Stand: The Role of Polish Workers in the New York Mills Textile Strikes, 1912 and 1916. Boulder, Colo.: East European Monographs, 1990.

Radzialowski, Thaddeus. "The Competition for Jobs and Racial Stereotypes: Poles and Blacks in Chicago," Polish American Studies 33, no. 2 (Autumn 1976): 5- 18.

Ubriaco, Robert D. Jr. "Bread and Butter Politics or Foreign Policy Concerns? Class versus Ethnicity in the Middlewestern Polish-American Community during the 1946 Congressional Elections," Polish American Studies 51, no. 2 (Autumn 1994): 5-32.


Society, Religion, Culture   Top of Page

Anker, Laura. "Women, Work, and Family: Polish, Italian, and Eastern European Immigrants in Industrial Connecticut, 1890-1940," Polish American Studies 45, no. 2 (Autumn 1988): 23-49.

Buczek, Daniel S. "Polish Americans and the Roman Catholic Church," Polish Review 21, no. 3 (1976).

Greene, Victor. A Passion for Polka: Old-Time Ethnic Music in America. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1992.

Kolinski, Dennis. "Shrines and Crosses in Rural Wisconsin," Polish American Studies 51, no. 2 (Autumn 1994): 33-47.

Kuzniewski, Anthony. Faith and Fatherland: The Polish Church War in Wisconsin, 1896-1918. Notre Dame: Notre Dame University Press 1980

Orton, Lawrence D. Polish Detroit and the Kolasinski Affair. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1981.

Pienkos, Donald E. One Hundred Years Young: A History of the Polish Falcons of America, 1887-1987. Boulder, Colo.: East European Monographs, 1987.

----. PNA: A Centennial History of the Polish National Alliance of the United States of North America. Boulder, Colo.: East European Monographs, 1984.

Radzialowski, Thaddeus C. "Immigrant Nationalism and Feminism: Glos Polek and the Polish Women's Alliance in America, 1898-1917," Review Journal of Philosophy and Social Science 2, no. 2 (Winter 1977): 183-203.

Radzilowski, Thaddeus C. "Immigrant Women and Their Daughters," Fiedorczyk Lecture in Polish American Studies, Central Connecticut State University, April 19, 1990.

----. "Reflections on the History of the Felicians in America," Polish American Studies 32, no. 1 (Spring 1975): 19-28.

Wawrykiewicz, Malgorzata. "Polish American Fraternals: Between Ethnic Organizations and Insurance Institutions," Ethnic Forum 7, no. 2 (1987): 76-92.


Bibliographies   Top of Page

Kulikowski, Mark. "A Bibliography on Polish Americans, 1981-1985," Polish American Studies 43, no. 2 (Autumn 1986): 40-109.

----. "A Bibliography on Polish Americans, 1986-1990," Polish American Studies 48, no. 2 (Autumn 1991): 39-79.

Pula, James S. and Marilyn N. Pula, eds. An Index to Polish American Studies, 1944-1973. Chicago: Polish American Historical Association, 1977.

Sanders, Irwin T. and Ewa Morawska. Polish-American Community Life: A Survey of Research. Boston: A joint publication of the department of sociology, Boston University, and the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences in America, 1975.

Zurawski, Joseph W., ed. Polish American History and Culture: A Classified Bibliography. Chicago: Polish Museum of America, 1975.


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