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Buffalo at the CrossroadsThe Past, Present, and Future of American Urbanism$
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Peter H. Christensen

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501749766

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501749766.001.0001

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In the Buffalo Community, but Not of It

In the Buffalo Community, but Not of It

Polish Migrants, Urban Poverty, and the American Nation in Buffalo at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

(p.175) Chapter 8 In the Buffalo Community, but Not of It
Buffalo at the Crossroads

Marta Cieślak

Cornell University Press

This chapter cites that Europeans who migrated to the United States had the goal of securing industrial jobs in the rapidly growing Northeastern and Midwestern urban centers between 1871 and 1910. It talks about the sheer magnitude of the transatlantic wave that triggered a debate over who was a desirable and, more importantly, who was an undesirable immigrant. It also refers to the large number of immigrants that came from East Central and Southern Europe. The chapter mentions how several citizens perceived the European immigrants that settled in urban areas to be a threat to American cities and, by extension, to the American nation. It discusses the European settlement and its relationship to poverty spreading in urban industrial centers that became a key point in the intense debate over the new immigrants.

Keywords:   Buffalo, urban centers, transatlantic wave, white urbanites, European immigrants

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