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Poles in Michigan
by Dennis Badaczewski
Michigan State University Press, 2002
Paper: 978-0-87013-618-4 | eISBN: 978-1-62895-435-7
Library of Congress Classification F575.P7B33 2002
Dewey Decimal Classification 977.400491851


One of the most vibrant and influential ethnic groups in Michigan, Poles have a long history of migration and settlement in the Great Lakes State. From Michigan’s earliest Polish marriage (in 1762) to the most recent post-Cold War migrations, each successive wave of settlement has enriched and enlivened Michigan culture. Yet, Paczki Day and Polish festivals represent a relatively small portion of the Polish experience. Commitments both to religious and ethnic identity, and a belief in the American vision of landownership and success, have combined to create a mainstream ethnic community abundant in ethnic pride. Poles’ success in Michigan continues to attract Polish immigrants from Europe, just as Polonia continues to make its mark on Michigan’s culture.

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