The Ethnic Press in the United States: A Historical Analysis and Handbook

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Francis M. Rogers, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University; Manoel da Silveira Cardozo, Professor Emeritus, Catholic University of America; Peter A. Munch, Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois University; Lawrence J. McCaffrey of Loyola University of Chicago; Michael B. Petrovich of the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Joel Halpern of the University of Massachusetts. I also wish to acknowledge the commitment of the late Donn V. Hart of Northern Illinois University who had undertaken the work on the Filipino press.

For general encouragement, help in copyediting, and assistance in the detailed work on footnoting format and bibliographic citations, I extend my warm thanks to Michele M. Ennis of Palo Alto, California.

That this collection is dedicated to the memory of my mother is not pro forma but rather highly appropriate. It is fitting that a book on this subject be dedicated to her because her experiences with the ethnic press reflect a thesis in these chapters. She was born Chaiya Narshen in 1905 in the stetl of Koristashow near Kiev. She grew up as Clara Nixon on the West Side of Chicago, where she observed the adults in the neighborhood reading the Jewish Daily Forward. But she, as an adult and until her death in 1984, chose to read Chicago's metropolitan dailies. Her life mirrored some of what follows.

See the following works: Robert E. Park, The Immigrant Press and Its Control ( New York: Harper and Brothers Publishers, 1922); Jerzy Zubrzycki, "The Role of the Foreign-Language Press in Migrant Integration," Population Studies 12 ( 1958); 73-82; Joshua A. Fishman, Robert G. Hayden, and Mary E. Warshauer, "The Non-English and the Ethnic Group Press, 1910-1960," Joshua A. Fishman et al., Language Loyalty in the United States: The Maintenance and Perpetuation of Non-English Mother Tongues by American Ethnic and Religious Groups ( The Hague: Mouton and Co., 1966), pp. 51- 74; Edward Hunter, In Many Voices: Our Fabulous Foreign-Language Press ( Norman Park, Ga.: Norman College, n.d); Lubomyr R. Wynar and Anna T. Wynar Encyclopedic Directory of Ethnic Newspapers and Periodicals in the United States, 2nd ed. ( Littleton, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1976); Hensley C. Woodbridge, "United States and Canadian National Bibliography: Foreign Languages," Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science 36, Supp. 1 ( 1983); 516-574; "The Ethnic Press: Many Voices," Spectrum ( Immigration History Research Center) 3 ( March 1980): 1-2.
See the introduction to the theme issue on the ethnic press of Polyphony ( Bulletin of the Multicultural History Society of Ontario) 4 (Spring/Summer 1982): 7-9, by editor Robert F. Harney.
Wynar and Wynar, Encyclopedic Directory, pp. 14-15, 17.
Woodbridge, "United States and Canadian National Bibliography," p. 521; Park, Immigrant Press, pp. 295-296, 305, 313; Zubrzycki, "Role of the Foreign-Language Press," p. 76; see also Wynar and Wynar, Encyclopedic Directory, pp. 17-18, 21 for a summary of a variety of extant statistics.
See Raymond A. Mohl, "Cubans in Miami: A Preliminary Bibliography," The Immigration History Newsletter 16 ( May 1984): 1-2. Immigration statistics show that 8.7 million people entered the United States in the first decade of the twentieth century and 4.5 million in the 1970s.


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