Slovak American Touches

Author: Toni Brendel
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ISBN: 9781932043495
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Toni Brendel weaves a beautiful telling of the old and new; from the rich customs, festivities, foodways, traditions, and cultural institutions of the Slovak peoples and the Slovak Americans who faithfully keep those traditions alive across the United States. Included are 24 full-color pages highlighting the folk arts, traditions, costumes, wedding attire, textile arts, and many handcrafts. Also, more than 150 traditional recipes profiling daily Slovak fare and celebratory occasions. Special sections include Czech-Slovak history, the role of the church, holiday traditions, famous Slovaks, Slovak maxims, and Slovak and Slovak American institutions and organizations. A great gift for anyone interested in Slovak history, culture, and art.

Slovak Recipes

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ISBN: 9781932043594
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Toni Brendel's Czech-Slovak heritage is dear to the heart of this Phillips, Wisconsin native. She continues to study and write about the culture of the Slovak people and keeps in close contact with friends and relatives in Slovakia. She is the author of Penfield's Slovak American Touches.Slovak Master Folk Artist, Sidonka Wadina, was raised in a Slovak neighborhood in Milwaukee's Menomonee River Valley. Her grandmothers who emigrated from Slovakia continued to practice the traditional arts of baking and egg decorating. At the age of three, she began to help them especially with the making of Slovak dumplings; now, after a lifetime of preparing Slovak ethnic foods, Sidonka has generously agreed to share with us cherished recipes and original illustrations.

Slovakia In Pictures

Author: Francesca DiPiazza
Publisher: Twenty-First Century Books
ISBN: 0761346279
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An overview of Slovakias geography and history, along with an exploration of the political, economic, and cultural landscape of this country in Central Europe.

We Are What We Celebrate

Author: Amitai Etzioni
Publisher: NYU Press
ISBN: 0814722261
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How did Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday become a national holiday? Why do we exchange presents on Christmas and Chanukah? What do bunnies have to do with Easter? How did Earth Day become a global holiday? These questions and more are answered in this fascinating exploration into the history and meaning of holidays and rituals. Edited by Amitai Etzioni, one of the most influential social and political thinkers of our time, this collection provides a compelling overview of the impact that holidays and rituals have on our family and communal life. From community solidarity to ethnic relations to religious traditions, We Are What We Celebrate argues that holidays such as Halloween, Fourth of July, Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve, and Valentine's Day play an important role in reinforcing, and sometimes redefining, our values as a society. The collection brings together classic and original essays that, for the first time, offer a comprehensive overview and analysis of the important role such celebrations play in maintaining a moral order as well as in cementing family bonds, building community relations and creating national identity. The essays cover such topics as the creation of Thanksgiving as a national holiday; the importance of holidays for children; the mainstreaming of Kwanzaa; and the controversy over Columbus Day celebrations. Compelling and often surprising, this look at holidays and rituals brings new meaning to not just the ways we celebrate but to what those celebrations tell us about ourselves and our communities. Contributors: Theodore Caplow, Gary Cross, Matthew Dennis, Amitai Etzioni, John R. Gillis, Ellen M. Litwicki, Diana Muir, Francesca Polletta, Elizabeth H. Pleck, David E. Proctor, Mary F. Whiteside, and Anna Day Wilde.

Slovaks In America

Author: Slovak American Bicentennial Editorial Board
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Out Of This Furnace

Author: Thomas Bell
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
ISBN: 0822978865
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Out of This Furnace is Thomas Bell’s most compelling achievement. Its story of three generations of an immigrant Slovak family -- the Dobrejcaks -- still stands as a fresh and extraordinary accomplishment. The novel begins in the mid-1880s with the naive blundering career of Djuro Kracha. It tracks his arrival from the old country as he walked from New York to White Haven, his later migration to the steel mills of Braddock, Pennsylvania, and his eventual downfall through foolish financial speculations and an extramarital affair. The second generation is represented by Kracha’s daughter, Mary, who married Mike Dobrejcak, a steel worker. Their decent lives, made desperate by the inhuman working conditions of the mills, were held together by the warm bonds of their family life, and Mike’s political idealism set an example for the children. Dobie Dobrejcak, the third generation, came of age in the 1920s determined not to be sacrificed to the mills. His involvement in the successful unionization of the steel industry climaxed a half-century struggle to establish economic justice for the workers. Out of This Furnace is a document of ethnic heritage and of a violent and cruel period in our history, but it is also a superb story. The writing is strong and forthright, and the novel builds constantly to its triumphantly human conclusion.

The Short American Century

Author: Andrew J. Bacevich
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 0674064747
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In February 1941, Henry Luce announced the arrival of “The American Century.” But that century—extending from World War II to the recent economic collapse—has now ended, victim of strategic miscalculation, military misadventures, and economic decline. Here some of America’s most distinguished historians place the century in historical perspective.