East-Central European Immigration to the United States, 1880-1940

Kollár Rita (2001) East-Central European Immigration to the United States, 1880-1940. MA/MSc, Szegedi Tudományegyetem.

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After the " American fever", which swept across Western Europe in the early and mid nighteenth century, bringing thousands of peasants, artisans, and professionals to the New World , at the end of the century new types of immigrants came to the United States of America. This new type of immigrant came from the East-Central and the Southern part of Europe, and this new way of emigration was mostly economic. Employment-seeking masses set out for America in a hope of better working conditions and a better life. Close to four million people arrived to the U.S. from the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy during the late nighteenth and the early twentieth centuries. Slovaks, Czechs, Hungarians, Poles, Rumanians and Croats came in the first place, but other nationalities living in the Monarchy were also represented. Poles also emigrated from the territory of Russia, as well as the Jews, one of the biggest ethnicity immigrating to the New World. In this thesis I will not examine all the East-Central European ethnic groups, but will concentrate on four of them: the Hungarian, Slovak, Czech, and Polish immigrants. I will compare the integration of these four East-Central European ethnic groups, and their contribution to American society. I am going to generalize those characteristic features they had in common, and will point out the specific features seperately. The sources I used during writing my thesis are mainly secondary sources, but thanks to the Edmund Vasvary Collection in the Somogyi Library in Szeged, I also had the opportunity to take a look into some primary sources, and to examine some original documents written by Hungarian immigrants.


Szegedi Tudományegyetem


Gyula Juhász Teacher Training College


Angol Tanszék


Teacher Training




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Item Type: Thesis (MA/MSc)
Date: 2001
Depositing User: JGYPK Szerkesztő
Date Deposited: 2019. May. 29. 09:49
Last Modified: 2019. May. 30. 12:33
URI: http://diploma.bibl.u-szeged.hu/id/eprint/76583

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