Czech Genealogy: Czech-Americans: “The Love of Liberty” by Joseph G. Svoboda
Today, thanks to the generous and open-heartedness of the Nebraska Historical Society, Onward To Our Past® is pleased to offer you an additional resource for your Czech genealogy and family history work.
In 1993, Joseph Svoboda, the retired head of archives and special collections at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, wrote an article for the Nebraska Historical Society magazine. This article was titled “Czech Americans: The Love of Liberty” and you can now access it simply by clicking the following link:
In our effort to provide the highest quality, and often lesser known, resources we can find for your Czech genealogy and family history work here at Onward To Our Past® we read and digest hundreds of books, articles, and more pertaining to Czech immigration, ancestry, culture, genealogy, history, and more. When we find something significant we make every effort to provide it here for you so you can have a one-stop research location for your Czech work. The article “Czech Americans: The Love of Liberty” is one of those articles that stood out in our minds so we have it here for you (thanks to the Nebraska Historical Society and of course with their permission).
First of all, do not be put off by the fact this article appeared in a state historical society magazine. While it has some excellent Nebraska-specific Czech references and information, it is solidly built around an excellent overview of Czech (Bohemian at that time) immigration and early life in America. It is especially strong in its discussion of the reasons for early Czech emigration from Bohemia. If you don’t have time or the inclination to read some of the more thorough books on Bohemian history at this time, author Svoboda does an excellent job of providing a concise review of the reasons for emigration.
Additionally author Svoboda does not shy away from the conflict of Freethinking Bohemians and those who maintained a religious oriented lifestyle. Unfortunately, the more you read and research about this schism the more you will realize far too many authors picked one side or the other to focus on to the detriment of giving their readers a fully balanced picture of Bohemian immigrants at the time.
One of the additional high points of Svoboda’s article is the attention he pays to the Czech-American press and its place in early Czech immigrant communities. His perspective and information helped me to better understand not only the importance of the Czech press to my ancestors, but also more about the travails my favorite Czech-American author and newspaperman, Hugo Chotek, must have endured.
Now, all you have to do is click right this link Czech Americans Love of Liberty Nebraska Hist Soc by Joseph G Svoboda and you can read this wonderful article.
Don’t delay! Some great information and insights await you as you read this very nicely written and informative article.
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