Cover for BODNAR: Lives of Their Own: Blacks, Italians, and Poles in Pittsburgh, 1900-1960. Click for larger image

Lives of Their Own

Blacks, Italians, and Poles in Pittsburgh, 1900-1960
Awards and Recognition:

Winner of the Oscar Halecki Prize of the Polish American Historical Association, 1985.

Profiling three ethnic groups in the Steel City

Lives of Their Own depicts the strikingly different lives of black, Italian, and Polish immigrants in Pittsburgh. Using a comparative framework,the authors focus on the migration process, job procurement, occupational mobility, family structure, home ownership, and neighborhood institutions. Blending oral histories with quantitative data, Lives of Their Own creates a convincing multilayered portrait of working-class life in a great industrial city.


"It is a rich and significant addition to the literature of both ethnic and urban history." --Western Pennsylvania Historical Magazine

"An important contribution to a significant and growing field of inquiry."--Choice


John Bodnar is an emeritus professor in the Department of History at Indiana University. His books include The "Good War" in American Memory. Roger Simon is a professor of history at Lehigh University and the author of The City-Building Process: Housing and Services in New Milwaukee Neighborhoods, 1880-1910. Michael P. Weber was a professor of history at Duquesne University. His books include Don't Call Me Boss: David L. Lawrence, Pittsburgh’s Renaissance Mayor.

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