Americans from Yugoslavia

Americans from Yugoslavia

Americans from Yugoslavia

Americans from Yugoslavia

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With a few exceptions, the story of American immigrants has been rather fully recorded. One exception is the Yugoslavs, who have been slow to attract the attention of American scholars. There have been character sketches and brief biographies of Yugoslav personalities in newspapers, magazines, and books. Human interest stories dealing with these immigrants have appeared in various publications. Particular aspects of Yugoslav American life have been treated in a number of monographs. Broad outlines of the South Slavic migration have been incorporated in many general works on the subject. But the full story of the Yugoslav immigrants has not yet been told.

This lack of an inclusive narrative on the South Slavs has not only constituted a serious lacuna in immigrant literature but it has also served as a distinct barrier to a better acquaintance with these citizens from the Balkans. Their place in American culture can be correctly determined only through more intimate contact with them. For a thorough understanding of them-their attitudes and ideals, their hopes and ambitions, their struggles and accomplishments--a complete survey is necessary.

It is, therefore, with this specific need in mind that the writer has embarked on the present project. His aim, however, is not to produce an exhaustive account by giving a detailed description of every aspect of Yugoslav immigration, but rather to provide a comprehensive study of its character as a whole.

In this book the author attempts to sketch the story of the Yugoslav Americans against a general background of immigration, so . . .

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