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Title:
The Polish peasant in Europe and America : a classic work in immigration history
Author:
Thomas, William Isaac, 1863-1947.
Publication Information:
Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [1996]

©1996
Physical Description:
xvii, 127 pages ; 23 cm
General Note:
"An Illini book from the University of Illinois Press"--Cover.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780252064845
Format :
Book

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Central Library E184.P7 T48 1996 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
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Summary

Summary

Focusing on the immigrant family, this title brings together documents and commentary that is suitable for teaching United States history survey courses as well as immigration history and introductory sociology courses. It includes an introduction and epilogue.


Author Notes

W. I. Thomas, an American sociologist, received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago after studying at the universities of Berlin and Gottingen. He published several important books on a variety of subjects, but he probably would not have become famous had he not written The Polish Peasant in Europe and America (1984), a study of the Americanization of Polish immigrants to the United States at the turn of the century. Coauthored with Florian Znaniecki, a Polish sociologist who helped him interpret Polish culture, this massive two-volume work became a classic example of how such personal documents as letters and diaries can be combined with interviews to study social change. Ten years after its publication, in a journal article, Thomas used the phrase "If men define situations as real they are real in their consequences"---a phrase extensively quoted to this day in order stress the importance of perception over reality in people's lives. (Bowker Author Biography)


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