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Electric City Immigrants: Italians and Poles of Schenectady, N.Y., 1880-1930

by Robert R. Pascucci

A Dissertation Submitted to the State University of New York at Albany in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy

College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Department of History, 1984

[This information is from Electric City Immigrants: Italians and Poles of Schenectady, N.Y., 1880-1930 by Dr. Robert R. Pascucci (State University of New York at Albany, Department of History, 1984). It is copyrighted by Dr. Pascucci and reproduced here with his permission. It is in the Schenectady Collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at Schdy R 325.24 PAS.]

Acknowledgments

To my wife, Mary, I am indebted for all the assistance, constructive criticism and encouragement that she provided throughout the course of this study. My daughters, Angela and Brenda, provided pleasant distractions and cheerful understanding. I was fortunate to have as my advisor Professor Ivan Steen, who assisted me in gaining access to research materials, suggested ways to improve both style and content, and provided steady support.

I am grateful for the cooperation received at the Abruzzese Society, the Albany Diocese Archives, the First Presbyterian Church, the Schenectady County Historical Society, the Schenectady Police Department, and the Schenectady Public Schools. It is a pleasure to acknowledge the aid generously provided by Mrs. Frances Chlopecki, Rev. Dominic Ingemie of St. Anthony's Church, Mrs. Theresa Lapinski, Mrs. Amelia Ottaviano, and Rev. Carl Urban of St. Adalbert's Church.

Special thanks to Professors Robert Dykstra, Arthur Ekirch and Joseph Zacek for interrupting their busy schedules to read the manuscript.

Table of Contents

 Chapter(Page)
 Abbreviations(iv)
 List of Maps(v)
 List of Tables(vi)
1Settlement(1)
2Fraternal Societies and Churches(52)
3Crime(99)
4Protestant Evangelism(129)
5Labor and Politics(185)
6Education(218)
6Parochial Schools(218)
6Public Schools(239)
 Conclusion(299)
 Bibliography(302)

Abbreviations

List of Maps

  1. Schenectady, 1899 (18) [197K, enlarged from low-quality copy]
  2. Schenectady, 1910 (28) [297K, enlarged from low-quality copy]
  3. Poland (circa, 1910) (36) [50K, enlarged from low-quality copy]
  4. Italy — Regions and Provinces (38) [100K, enlarged from low-quality copy]

List of Tables

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