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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.

Lives of Their Own depicts the strikingly different lives of black, Italian, and Polish immigrants in Pittsburgh. Within a comparative framework, the book focuses on the migration process itself, job procurement, and occupational mobility, family structure, home-ownership, and neighborhood institutions. By blending oral histories with quantitative data, the authors have created a convincing multilayered portrait of working-class life in one of our great industrial cities.

"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

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