In the year when Polish American Historical Association celebrates 75 years of its work, it is highly satisfying to see how our journal Polish American Studies reflects the development of our scholarly field. The Spring 2018 issue of PAS (Vol. 75, no. 1) features on the cover a photograph taken during the very first meeting of what became PAHA in New York in 1943. Although to the contemporary observer it is now striking that the group does not include any women, the first issue of PAS did feature an article by Rev. Sister M. Ligouri, Ph.D., from St. Mary's High School in Worcester, Mass. If you are interested in the history of those early years of PAHA and PAS, pick up the recently published book, edited by James S. Pula, which discusses various directions and areas of development of our organization over the last 75 years.
The Spring 2018 issue of PAS brings together three articles, posing questions about Polish American experience seen in three different and little known contexts. James S. Pula examines antislavery arguments promoted by the early immigrants from the Polish lands to America. Thomas Hollowak describes various aspects of the unique experience of Polish immigrants who found employment in oyster dredging in the Chesapeake Bay. Kathleen Urbanic and Thomas Duszak present a history of Polish Baptists in the United States, as seen through the activities of the parishes in Rochester, NY, and Wilmington, DE.
The issue features also books by Anna Rudek-Smiechowska, Sylvie Aprive, Rachel Feldhay Brenner, Joshua Blank, Tara Zahra, Czeslaw Karkowski, and Marek Liszka.
Subscription to PAS comes as part of the membership in PAHA. To join, visit the website of University of Illinois Press, the publisher of our journal.
To find out more about the journal, about its editorial board, and submissions, visit PAS page on PAHA Website: http://polishamericanstudies.org/text/13/polish-american-studies.html. The website also features tables of contents of earlier issues of PAS. These articles are available as PDF downloads from JSTOR.