From Jadwiga's America:

Julius, look here.  We will change the name.”  Jadwiga ran her fingers under the letters that decorated the stern.  "We will change the name, Julius.  She will be Maria S.  We will name her for your Maria."

Julius was immediately emotional.  He moved to turn away in a new rush of grief.  But Jadwiga took his head in her hands and brought him to her as he suppressed a sob.  "Jadwiga," he said, fighting to get the words out, "I miss her so much.  It is not right that she died.  I should not have brought her.  First, I should have come alone..."

"Julius, it could not be foretold that the crossing would be so long.  We should have been in America before her baby came.  She is with Jesus now – Maria is, and the baby in her arms."

Now Paul approached and put his arm around Julius' shoulder.  "With her new name," Jadwiga continued, "we will ask the priest, the artist priest, to bless her and to draw her, with the name, and you can send the picture to Maria's people."

Julius looked at the lettering through tear-fogged eyes, and it could be seen that he, too, was imagining this new future for Jadwiga's schooner.  The spirit of his Maria would have a new life, free on this American lake called Erie.


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Jadwiga's Crossing is coming soon.

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“What happens next?”
“How did they do in America?”
“What's the rest of the story?”

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.

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