Detroit's Polonia


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"Detroit's Poloniat" By Cecile Wendt Jensen

They made our cigars and our cars, but they also made Detroit their own. This is the history of Detroit's Polish community, Polonia. More than a century has passed since the first Polish immigrants settled in Detroit. These pioneers left Poland for freedom of language and religion, and to own property, the American Dream that had talked about all over Europe. They replicated village life in the big city, living in close-knit neighborhoods anchored by the parish church. Polish immigrants made cigars, built railroad cars, molded stoves, established businesses and breweries, and eventually moved into the political arena. The struggles and triumphs of these early settlers are on display in the pages of Detroit Polonia, a photographic history that links future generations with their Polish heritage.

Paperback: 128 Pages