The long-awaited sequel to
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“What happens next?”
These questions, put forward at readings of Jadwiga's Crossing by many who had already completed the book, indicated a hunger for the rest of the story – the five decades after arrival that marked the lives of Paul, Jadwiga, Josef, Delfinia, and their families as they sought to to make a success of the decision to leave the occupied Poland of the 1870s for a country they did not know, but hoped would provide a better future.
In 1873, the Germans who occupied their homeland reached into the American economy by eliminating the silver standard, causing a world-wide depression in lands where there were not yet the safety nets of modern life. The challenges were enormous – a new language to master, strife among factions of American Polonia, prejudice, and the need for a wholly different attitude about making one's way.
All immigrants faced these obstacles and opportunities. Not all surmounted them. But most of those who came when faced with a homeland taken from them and a culture under threat did so with confidence that they could make their way – somehow. How they did it, and how they fared, is the five-decade story of Jadwiga's America.