Anti-Communist Minorities in the U.S.: Political Activism of by Ieva Zake (eds.)

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But by this time, the Polish American Congress had been joined by many other organizations, whose combined political influence was proving to be significant. These included a newly formed coalition bringing together the many groups representing Americans of East and Central European origin, a number of trade unions, leaders in the Roman Catholic Church, and most importantly, the Republican Party. The potency of this anti-Soviet coalition became evident in the November 1946 Congressional elections that resulted in Republican majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives for the first time since 1930.

But by this time, the Polish American Congress had been joined by many other organizations, whose combined political influence was proving to be significant. These included a newly formed coalition bringing together the many groups representing Americans of East and Central European origin, a number of trade unions, leaders in the Roman Catholic Church, and most importantly, the Republican Party. The potency of this anti-Soviet coalition became evident in the November 1946 Congressional elections that resulted in Republican majorities in both the Senate and House of Representatives for the first time since 1930.

2/3 (2005): 278–87. 43. asp. PART I The Cold War Warriors CHAPTER 1 The Polish American Congress, Polish Americans, and the Politics of Anti-Communism Donald Pienkos Over the past one hundred years and more, Polish immigration to the United States has made up, by far, the largest of all such population movements from Eastern and East-central Europe to this country. The greatest number of immigrants entered between the 1870s and 1914 and, together, they created a dense network of church, fraternal, cultural, and social institutions and associations that eventually came to be known as the Polonia, or Polish American community.

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