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5-6-2020

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Northern Ohio is home to some of the largest communities of Eastern European immigrants and their decedents. Cities such as Cleveland, Youngstown, and Toledo along with many others were heavily influenced by the influx of Eastern Europeans they received. With immigrants coming over in waves since before the First World War, each wave of immigrants and their offspring have had different experiences, assimilation practices, and styles of cultural maintenance. This study looks at how the Polish, Ukrainian, Cartho-Rusyn, Hungarian and Lithuanian communities have worked to preserve their languages and cultures since their arrival in America. Each of these nationalities is different in the methods they utilized to maintain their identity. Certain factors were considered for each group, such as religious affiliation, creation of language schools, type of alphabet used, and community presence. Additionally, within this study, there is a section dedicated to how current non-immigrant community members identify themselves within their cultures and the strives they are taking to preserve it. Language and culture are a central aspect of an individual's identity, in Cleveland, Ohio, generations young and old are striving to maintain their ancestral identity.

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May 6th, 12:00 AM

The Strives and Struggles of Maintaining A Language and Culture in The Historic Immigrant Communities of Cleveland, Ohio

Northern Ohio is home to some of the largest communities of Eastern European immigrants and their decedents. Cities such as Cleveland, Youngstown, and Toledo along with many others were heavily influenced by the influx of Eastern Europeans they received. With immigrants coming over in waves since before the First World War, each wave of immigrants and their offspring have had different experiences, assimilation practices, and styles of cultural maintenance. This study looks at how the Polish, Ukrainian, Cartho-Rusyn, Hungarian and Lithuanian communities have worked to preserve their languages and cultures since their arrival in America. Each of these nationalities is different in the methods they utilized to maintain their identity. Certain factors were considered for each group, such as religious affiliation, creation of language schools, type of alphabet used, and community presence. Additionally, within this study, there is a section dedicated to how current non-immigrant community members identify themselves within their cultures and the strives they are taking to preserve it. Language and culture are a central aspect of an individual's identity, in Cleveland, Ohio, generations young and old are striving to maintain their ancestral identity.