Polish emigrants left their homeland for many of the same reasons as did other ethnic groups: poverty, religious intolerance, hardship, and a strict government. Yet in
America's melting pot, the Polish have maintained a stronger hold on their traditions and customs than most of the other immigrant groups that arrived in North America during the 19th and early
20th centuries. This is due in part to the closeness of the ethnic Polish neighborhoods that grew up in the industrial cities where many immigrants settled. Today, prominent Polish-American
associations work to ensure that people with Polish ancestry will never forget their proud heritage.
Part of the “Major American Immigration” Series
Reading level: Ages 9-12
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