Monday, October 29, 2018

Polish American Studies Vol. 75 - Two Issues in 2018

The Autumn 2018 issue of Polish American Studies is here! The striking cover image is by Wladyslaw Benda. Benda was born in 1873 in Poznan, Poland, and lived and worked in the United States since 1899. He died in Newark, NJ, in 1948. Benda was an accomplished artist and illustrator, and creator of theatrical masks. This PAS cover image was featured in Life magazine in 1922.

The issue brings four research articles. Jill Walker Gonzales analyzes an 1883 biography of Tadeusz Kosciuszko, written by A. Walton White Evans. The biography reflects both the celebration of Poland's culture and military heroism, and the anxieties of the Gilded Age era.

Stephen M. Leahy examines the events of Alabama Governor George Wallace's presidential campaign in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1964. Leahy challenges the prevailing but inaccurate assumption about Milwaukee's Polish Americans as "white ethnic racists."

Joanna Wojdon presents an insightful picture of everyday life and work of the Warsaw Communist regime's intelligence officers employed within the PRL diplomatic structures in the Cold War United States. Wojdon asserts that they acted not only as "people of the regime" but also temporary migrants, who developed their own strategies for for survival.

Joanna Kulpinska, the winner of PAHA's Graduate Student Award in 2016, shares her research on the chain migration from the village of Babica, Poland. She examines migration patterns and motivations of forty-eight families, who left Babica in recent decades.

The issues includes also reviews of books by Urszula Chowaniec, G. W. Stephen Brodsky, Jaroslaw Klaczkow, Jan Krawiec, Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pedich, Jan Wiktor Sienkiewicz, and Beata Dorosz, as well as a review of the Polish Past in Chicago Exhibit by the Polish Museum of America.


Mark Kulikowski (James S. Pula)

by Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann

  • Broken and Broke: Financial Loss and Fragmentation in A. Walton White Evans’s Memoir of Thaddeus Kosciuszko. By Jill Walker Gonzalez 
  • George Wallace and the Myth of the White Ethnic Backlash in Milwaukee, 1958-1964. By Stephen M. Leahy
  • A Portrait of the Intelligence Officers of the Polish People’s Republic in the United States. By Joanna Wojdon
  • Multigenerational Migration Chains of Families from the Village of Babica – An Attempt to Create a Typology. By Joanna Kulpińska

  • Urszula Chowaniec, Melancholic Migrating Bodies in Contemporary Polish Women’s Writing (Mary Patrice Erdmans
  • G. W. Stephen Brodsky, Joseph Conrad’s Polish Soul: Realms of Memory and Self (Grażyna Maria Teresa Branny)
  • JarosławKłaczkow, The Polish Protestant Emigration in Western Europe, America, and Australia in the 19th and 20th Centuries (John M. Grondelski)
  • Jan Krawiec, Od Bachórca do Chicago: Wspomnienia (Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann)
  • LucynaAleksandrowicz-Pedich, Memory and Neighborhood: Poles and Poland in Jewish American Fiction after World War Two (Thomas J. Napierkowski)
  • “Polish Past in Chicago 1851-1941/Dawne polskie Chicago 1850-1941: Exhibition Drawn from Photographic Archives of The Polish Museum of America” (Ann Hetzel Gunkel)
  • Jan Wiktor Sienkiewicz, Artyści Andersa. Continuità e Novità (Maja Trochimczyk)
  • Beata Dorosz, ed.  Od New Orleans do Mississauga. Polscy Pisarze w Stanach Zjednoczonych i Kanadzie po II Wojnie Światowej (Najnowsze Badania) (Grażyna Kozaczka)


EDITORIAL NOTE by Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann.


“Polish Participation in the Anti-Slavery Crusade,”  by James S. Pula

“A Winter’s Tale on the Chesapeake: The Hardships Endured by Polish Oyster Dredgers before the First World War,”  by Thomas L. Hollowak

“Polish Souls in North America for Christ: Polish Baptist Churches in Rochester, New York, and Wilmington, Delaware,” by Kathleen Urbanic and Thomas Duszak


⦁ Anna Rudek-Śmiechowska, Władysław Teodor Benda. Życie i twórczość polsko-amerykańskiego ilustratora i twórcy masek [Władysław Teodor Benda. Life and works of a Polish-American illustrator and mask creator] (Maja Dziedzic)

⦁ Polonaises aux champs. Lettres de femmes immigrées dans les campagnes françaises (1930-1935), ed. by Sylvie Aprive, Maryla Laurent, Janine Ponty [Polish women on the fields. Letters of immigrant women from the French countryside (1930-1935)] (Anna Łysiak-Łątkowska)

⦁ Rachel Feldhay Brenner, The Ethics of Witnessing: The Holocaust in Polish Writers’ Diaries from Warsaw, 1939—1945 (Barbara Rylko-Bauer)

⦁ Joshua C. Blank, Creating Kashubia. History, Memory, and Identity in Canada’s First Polish Community (Aleksandra Kurowska-Susdorf)

⦁ Tara Zahra, The Great Departure: Mass Migration from Eastern Europe and the Making of the Free World (Radosław Misiarz)

⦁ Czesław Karkowski, Na Emigracji (Grażyna J. Kozaczka)

⦁ Marek Liszka, Życie kulturalne Polonii orawskiej w Chicago [Cultural Life of Orawa Polonia in Chicago] (Thaddeus V. Gromada)

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