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FOR YOUR FREEDOM THROUGH OURS: Polish American Efforts On Poland's Behalf, 1863~1991. ~SIGNED COPY~

Pienkos, Donald

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ISBN 10: 0880332085 / ISBN 13: 9780880332088
Published by Boulder & NY. 1991. East European Monographs No. CCCXI / Distributed By Columbia Univ. Press, 1991
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blue cloth hardbound 8vo. 8º (octavo). dustwrapper in protective plastic book jacket cover. fine cond. looks new. like new. binding square & tight. covers clean. edges clean. contents free of markings except for author's ink inscription. dustwrapper in near fine cond. with couple of tiny tears on rear, not price clipped. nice clean copy. no library markings or store stamps, no stickers or bookplates, no inking , no underlining, no remainder markings ~. first edition. first printing (sd~nap). SIGNED on the front flyleaf with a dated inscription ( 6/16/94 ~ no name) by the author. ii+62pp. + 75 pages of b&w photo illustrations. foonotes. bibliography. subject index. name index. world history. biography. history of poland. american history. world war i. world war ii. polonia. rada polonii amerykanskiej. rozmarek. mazewski. cold war . katyn massacre. nazi~soviet pact. pilsudski. solidarity movement. ~ Americans of Polish origins and ancestry have long constituted a large and distinctive, if little understood, element in the ethnic mosaic that is the United States. In recent years, however, the interesting and instructive story of their immigration and settlement experiences in this country and their largely successful adaptation to American society has been increasingly a subject for serious study, even as events in Poland, particularly tram the 1970's on, have focused an unprecedented amount of attention upon that people's momentous struggle for independence in the face of a seemingly unchallengeable Soviet communist power. Still little appreciated, however, is the saga of organized Polish American efforts to assist Poland in regaining its position as an independent European state and in helping to meet the material and medical needs of its people. In fact, these efforts have gone on, practically without interruption, thru nearly one hundred and thirty years, ever since the first immigrant committee was set up in New York in 1863 to rally Americans behind the cause of countrymen fighting to regain Polish independence against Russian imperial rule. These efforts continued during the years of the First and Second World Wars and have been in evidence most recently in the 1980s and early 1990s when Polish Americans mobilized themselves yet again in support of Poland's right to freedom and sovereignty. On the humanitarian side, the efforts of Polish American organizations have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in direct assistance to the Polish people in the times of their greatest misfortune. Billions more have gone to Poland through direct U.S. aid, in no small measure as a consequence of determined lobbying activities by Polish Americans in solidarity with their one~time countrymen. FOR YOUR FREEDOM THROUGH OURS provides the first comprehensive overview of the Polish ethnic community's substantial work for its members' ancestral homeland. At the same time this book serves as a case study of organized ethnic group activism aimed at influencing U.S. foreign policy toward Eastern Europe in ways that have been compatible with this country's historic values and national interests. As the author shows, Polish Americans have contributed more than their share ~ both to the good of the Polish nation and to the realization of the United States' highest aims in the international arena. On the front cover: Antoni Popiel's model of the statue to Thaddeus Kosciuszko, a hero of the American Revolutionary War and the leader of the Polish insurrection of 1794. The monument was dedicated, together with one to Casimir Pulaski, on May 11, 1910 in ceremonies attended by the President of the United States and representatives from Poland and Polonia. Standing in Lafayette Square across from the White House, it was a gift 'of the Polish National Alliance and of all Americans of Polish extraction to the People of the United States, an expression of our loyalty and devotion to our adopted country. for the liberty of which Thaddeus Kosciuszko, nobly. Bookseller Inventory # 4021601

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Publisher: Boulder & NY. 1991. East European Monographs No. CCCXI / Distributed By Columbia Univ. Press

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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This is the never-before-told story of the organized efforts by Polish-Americans from the mid-1800s to tthe present to further the humanitarian needs and political independence aspirations of the people of Poland.

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Donald E. Pienkos is professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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