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Peasant Pioneers - An Interpretation of the Slavic People in the United States Kenneth D. Miller

Peasant Pioneers - An Interpretation of the Slavic People in the United States

Kenneth D. Miller

Published March 1st 2007
ISBN : 9781406744095
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204 pages
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PEASANT PIONEERS An Interpretation-of, the Slavic Peoples in the United States By KENNETH D. MILLER Author of The Czechoslovaks in America Slavic design en cover by B. Mrazek COUNCIL OF WOMEN FOR HOME MISSIONS AND MISSIONARY EDUCATION MOVEMENT YORKMorePEASANT PIONEERS An Interpretation-of, the Slavic Peoples in the United States By KENNETH D. MILLER Author of The Czechoslovaks in America Slavic design en cover by B. Mrazek COUNCIL OF WOMEN FOR HOME MISSIONS AND MISSIONARY EDUCATION MOVEMENT YORK The EeVrK mielh D. r filler fcas demote thirteen, year to service-amosig ttte t Slavic- eTp. 3Se He prepared especially fox 6 this wVV Iby s spewing a year in Czechoslovakia as an Immigrant Fellow of the Board of Home Missions of the Presby terian Church in the . U. S As During this time he studied the Czech language, and acquainted him self with the political, economic, and religious backgrounds of the people. Upon his return to this country he was associated for five years with the Jan Hus Presbyterian Church of New York City, being in charge of the social and religious work of its Neighborhood House. From 1917 to 1919 Mr. Miller was in charge of the Y. M. C. A. work among the Czechoslovak troops in Russia and Siberia. Subsequently Mr. Miller has been connected with the immigrant work of the Pres byterian Board of National Missions, and in that capacity has visited all of the outstanding Slavic colonies of America. In 1921 he again visited Czechoslovakia and the other countries of central Europe on behalf of the relief work for the Prot estant churches of Europe. Copyright, 1925, by the Council of Women for Home Missions and Missionary Education Movement of the United States and Canada Printed m the United SM jf of America CONTENTS CHAPTER PAGE Introduction 7 I. EUROPEAN BACKGROUNDS OF THE SLAVS . 9 Americans of Tomorrow. Who Are the Slavs Peasant Village Life. Peasant Customs and Tradi tions. Social and Economic Status of the Peasant.Political Conditions in Slavic Europe. Education, Illiteracy, and Backwardness. Characteristics of the Slavic Peasant. Music in the Life of the Slavs. Religious Backgrounds of the Slav. Eastern and Western Slavs. The Church, the State, and Nationalism. Religion and Life. Peasant Piety. A Russian Church Service. The Mecca of the Poles. A Slavic Protestant Church. Religious Revivals among the Slavs. The Drift Away from the Church. At the Parting of the Ways. In Conclusion. II. THE SLAV AT WORK IN AMERICA ... 54 The Slavs in Industry. The Lot of the Unskilled Worker. The Old Attitude toward Immigrant Labor. The Slavs and Labor Movements. Changing Public Opinion. Enlightened Labor Policies. Work ing towards Industrial Democracy. Material Prog ress of Slavs. The Rising Second Generation. White-collar Immigrants. Slavs on the Land. Economic Contribution of the Slavs. III. SLAVIC COMMUNITY LIFE IN AMERICA . . 87 Slavic Communities. National Organizations. Help for the Homelands. Racial Solidarity in America. Interpreting America to Their Countrymen. The Slavic Press. Foreign Language Schools Business and Professional Life. Slavic Communities and Assimilation. iv CONTENTS CHAPTER PAGE IV. THE SLAV MEETS AMERICA . . . . no Ellis Island. Locating in America. Meeting America in Industry. First Impressions of American Life. Child Life. Housing Conditions. Migrant Labor. Castles in Spain. The Consequences of American Neglect. Interpreting America Immigrant Agencies. American Agencies. The Settlements. Other Agencies. The Americanization Movement. The Public School. Contacts with the Government. V. THE SLAV AT WORSHIP IN AMERICA . . 138 Transplanted Faiths. The Roman Catholic Church. The Poles andthe Church of Rome. Other Slavic Catholics. The Parochial School. Orthodox Churches among the Slavs. Protestant Slavs. The Break with the Old World Faith. Reaching the Un churched Slavs. Protestant Work among the Slavs Slavic Churches and Missions. Reinterpreting Christianity. The Christian Neighborhood House. Literature. Helping to Adjust to American Life. Cooperation with Slavic Leaders. Protestant Hos pitality. VI. THE SLAV AND AMERICAS FUTURE .,176 The New Immigration Policy. Contribution of the Slavs to America. The Task of the Church...