Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Dr. Jo Ann Carrigan

Second Advisor

Dr. Harl Dalstrom

Third Advisor

Dr. William Pratt


Oscar Handlin wrote, "Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America. Then I discovered that the immigrants were American history." Yet, how strange that so many people are reluctant to be referred to as Irish, Polish, German, or Swedish. Their wish is to be called an American. The heritage their parents or grandparents left behind has often been ignored. I did not fully understand the traditions of my Czechoslovak heritage even though I grew up with a foreign language and hints of a different culture. In a time of resurgent interest in the ethnic dimensions of American history, I became interesed in my roots and in the Czech background of my own community.


A Thesis Presented to the Department of History and the Faculty of the Graduate College University of Nebraska at Omaha In Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree Master of Arts. Copyright 1977, Janet Varejcka.

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