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Polish Persecution and Immigration 1 Running head: POLISH PERSECUTION AND IMMIGRATION Polish Persecution and Immigration [Your Name Here] [Your Class Name Here] [Your School Name Here] [Date Here]
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Polish Persecution and Immigration 2 Abstract The purpose of this essay is an analysis of the experience of early 20th century Polish immigrants to the United States. Through the use of first and second person sources, the motivation for this group's exodus from their homeland as well as the challenges they experienced upon arrival are discussed.
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Polish Persecution and Immigration 3 My Polish ancestors hailed from the Central European region known as the Western Slavic lands which included, Poland, Slovenia, and Slovakia. And although history took relatively little notice of their immigration to America, the journey was an eventful one, fraught with difficulties. Indeed, the story of the Polish migrants is one of a road paved with obstacles, from poverty to prejudice. Still, the Polish had no shortage of motivation to immigrate to the United States; from a practically Feudal economic system of serfdom, to three-fold persecution from the Russians, Germans, and Austro-Hungarians throughout the early 20th century, to a lack of jobs or even land on which to subsist, fate forced the hand of many struggling Poles. The Polish people were actually part of the second largest group of immigrants among the Central and Eastern European population, with approximately 3.4 million arriving in the United States between 1899 and 1924 (Bade & Weiner, 1997) The presumptive influence this number of immigrants might have been expected to have was mitigated by three factors. The
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