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Author:   Jacob Kaplan
ISBN:   978-1-4671-1118-8
Language:   English
Publisher:   Arcadia Publishing
Author2:   Daniel Pogorzelski
Author3:   Rob Reid
Author4:   Elisa Addlesperger
Availability:   24h
Year Published:   2014
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"Home to Chicago's Polish Village, impressive examples of sacred and industrial architecture, and the legendary Olson Waterfall, Avondale is often tagged as the neighborhood that built Chicago. Images of America: Avondale and Chicago's Polish Village sheds light on the little known history of the community, including its fascinating industrial past. From its beginnings as a sleepy subdivision started by a Michigan senator, it became a cultural mecca for Chicago's Polish community, playing a crucial role in Poland's struggles for independence. Other people also called Avondale home, such as Scottish proprietors, African American freedmen, Irish activists, Swedish shopkeepers, German tradesmen, Jewish merchants, Filipino laborers, and Italian entrepreneurs; a diversity further enriched as many from the former Soviet Bloc and Latin America settled here. As in other Chicago neighborhoods, change is the one constant, as the arts have brought a renaissance to this working-class corner of the city".
Arcadia Publishing 2014, 128 pages (soft cover)