Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

A History of the Poles in America to 1908. Part III. Poles in the Eastern and Southern States

Academic journal article The Catholic Historical Review

A History of the Poles in America to 1908. Part III. Poles in the Eastern and Southern States

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A History of the Poles in America to 1908. Part III: Poles in the Eastern and Southern States. By Waclaw Kruszka. Edited, with an Introduction, by James S. Pula. Translated by Krystyna Jankowski. (Washington, D.C.: The Catholic University of America Press. 1998. Pp. viii, 394. $59.95.)

This is the third of four projected volumes combining and translating the original thirteen-volume Polish-language work written by an immigrant Polish priest around the turn of the century. Father Kruszka's History of the Poles in America is the magnum opus of a prolific author and offers readers the insights and opinions of an immigrant intellectual focused on the largest Slavic immigration. As a priest he was concerned mainly with the development of religious institutions. Now more of a primary than a secondary source, the work has a unique value since Kruszka had access to documents since lost, as well as a broad personal acquaintance with the clerical leadership of these numerous newcomers at the height of their entry into the United States.

As in previous volumes, the work is meticulously endnoted under the competent editorship of James S. Pula. The citations are particularly relevant to scholars, but the explanatory notes serve to clarify references or figures now obscure in a work accessible to any interested reader. The translation is fluent and the reorganization of the volumes from thirteen to four has been structured logically through grouping states by region of the country, as noted in the subtitles.

The contents range from brief histories of less than a page to long descriptions of major parishes. …

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