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Welsh AmericansA History of Assimilation in the Coalfields$
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Ronald L. Lewis

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780807832202

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807887905_lewis

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The Slav “Invasion” and the Welsh “Exodus”

The Slav “Invasion” and the Welsh “Exodus”

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(p.221) 7 The Slav “Invasion” and the Welsh “Exodus”
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Welsh Americans
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Ronald L. Lewis

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807887905_lewis.11

This chapter discusses a new series of ethnic tensions that occurred not long after the Irish conflicts diminished. The rising tide of immigrants from eastern Europe carried Germans, Russians, Lithuanians, Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Ruthenians, Ukrainians, Magyars, Rumanians, Serbs, Croats, Slovenes, Bulgarians, and Macedonians to American shores. Ignorant of the cultural and national differences among these diverse people, Americans simply called them “Slavs.” After 1900, several million Italians joined the flow of emigration from Europe to America. As late as 1870, less than 1 percent of the foreign-born in the United States were from Italy, Russia, and Austria-Hungary. That trend took a marked turn in the 1880s, when 16 percent of the immigrants emanated from southern and eastern Europe.

Keywords:   ethnic tensions, Irish conflicts, immigrants, eastern Europe, Slavs

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