Polish emigrants left their homeland for many of the same reasons as
did other ethnic groups: poverty, religious intolerance, hardship, and a
strict government. Yet in America's melting pot, the Polish have maintained
a stronger hold on their traditions and customs than most of the other
immigrant groups that arrived in North America during the 19th and
early 20th centuries. This is due in part to the closeness of the ethnic
Polish neighborhoods that grew up in the industrial cities where many
Today, prominent Polish-American associations work to ensure that
people with Polish ancestry will never forget their proud heritage.
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