Czech Genealogy: The Bohemian Language in America, by J. B. Dudek Online
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“The article by J. B. Dudek, “The Bohemian Language in America,” in American Speech, Volume 2:7, pp. 299-311. Copyright, 1927, the American Dialect Society. All rights reserved. Republished by permission of the copyright holder, and the present publisher, Duke University Press. www.dukeupress.edu”
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This article takes on the issue of the various names used (especially as the nation of Czechoslovakia was being unveiled) for the people who inhabit and have inhabited Bohemia. Monsignor Dudek makes no bones about it – it was, is, and always should be just as my grandmother said, Bohemian!
Throughout his article, author Dudek does an excellent job of explaining the differences between Bohemians, Slovaks, Moravians, and Silesians. He addresses the issue of capital ‘B’ Bohemian and small ‘b’ bohemian and gives some very nice, concise history of the Czech lands.
He speaks to the basic fact in the Czech alphabet there isn’t even a Cz in it, but British and American publishers used it to replace the “Č”, which they couldn’t print.
He stays focused on the fact that Bohemians are Bohemians and do not need to be called by any other name, least of all a Czechoslovak and then he wonders why Czechomoravioslovako wasn’t ever considered.
Author Dudek also gives us a nice foundation in immigration numbers from Bohemia and the issues surrounding this topic. He even includes a question he posed and the lengthy and fact filled answer from W. C. Hunt, who at the time was the Chief Statistician for Population in the Bureau of the Census for the United States.
As with many academic articles, there is also good Czech genealogy and history gold to be mined in the copious footnotes. Actually when I find articles like this one from Dudek, I often enjoy reading the footnotes first!
This article gives a nice look at some of the issues surrounding the time of the establishment of Czechoslovakia and it is a nice introduction to the thinking of author Dudek, who went on to write many articles on Czech language, names, and more in America.
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