Polish Pittsburgh

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In the late 19th and early 20th century, Pittsburgh, also known as "Steel City," was the largest steel-producing center in the United States. With its need for labor in the steel industry, Pittsburgh had an insatiable hunger for workers. Polish immigrants helped meet this demand. The city of Pittsburgh, as well as the surrounding area, was a heavily ethnic environment, and significant remnants of that heritage continue. Today, there is still a city neighborhood officially designated Polish Hill (Polski Gory). This book chronicles the immigration of Poles to Pittsburgh in several waves, beginning with those from German-occupied Poland, then Russian-occupied Poland, and finally, the largest group emigrating from that section of partitioned Poland under the control of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
ISBN: 9781467127196
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Images of America
Images: 252
Pages: 160
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Stanley States, PhD, is a first-generation American whose father and grandparents came to Pittsburgh from Poland in the early 1900s. He has maintained his Polish heritage by attending summer programs at nearby Polish Alliance College as a teenager, dancing in Polish and Lithuanian folk groups, singing in a Polish church choir, belonging to Polish cultural organizations, and visiting his family in Poland. A true Pittsburgher, States had a 36-year career working as a chemist/microbiologist for the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority.