The Polish Singers Alliance of America 1888-1998

The Polish Singers Alliance of America 1888-1998

Choral Patriotism

Stanislaus A. Blejwas


University of Rochester Press



A history of an American ethnic cultural organization and its close ties to the cause of Polish sovereignty.
This book examines the history of the Polish Singers Alliance of America [PSAA] as an ideological organization. As a case study of an immigrant cultural organization that evolved demographically into an ethnic organization of the succeeding generations, it documents the extent to which the politics of the homeland engaged an immigrant and ethnic community over a century. This is a study of immigrant nationalism, as articulated by immigrant and ethnic singing societies. The survival of the Polish Singers Alliance as an ideological organization suggests considerations about the ability of an immigrant and ethnic culture to resist and to adapt to America's assimilative powers.
The Alliance was a federalism of amateur choirs. Its history cannot be understood without reference to the political fate of modern Poland over the last two centuries. This book situates the origins of the PSAA within the history of Poland during the partitions, as well as its commitment to Polish independence and to the preservation and propagation of culture through song. As the children and grandchildren of the immigrants succeeded them, the Alliance subsequently evolved into an ethnic organization with numerous American-born individuals. After the recovery of Polish sovereignty, which by coincidence occurred in 1989 when the Alliance celebrated its centennial, questions arose about the role of such an ideological organization in the new political context.

The late Stanislaus A. Blejwas was CSU University Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University.

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June 2005
52 black and white illustrations
396 pages
9x6 in
Rochester Studies in East and Central Europe
ISBN: 9781580461474
Format: Hardback
University of Rochester Press
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Table of Contents

To Sing Out the Future of Our Beloved Fatherland
Songs of Our Land
The Convention of "Unhappy Memory"
Active Duty
Cultural Care
World War II and A New Immigration
The Czechlewski Years: The Ideological Organization Redefined
Polish American Choral Culture
Let Polant Be Poland
Quo Vadis Polish Song in North America?

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