Re: Slovak Petition
- A historical tidbit. My first time adding a file[s] to the thread. [No doubt
I could have done this better.]
For the 1910 Census the intent was to record those emigrating from Hungary
as Hungarians. The Slovak community in Cleveland took great exception to
this and petitioned the congressional census committee in 1910 to allow the
immigrants to be designated by their ethnic origin for the 1910 census. I�ve
uploaded the first three pages of the petition which I hope you will find of
The entire petition, including signatures is 116 pages. Uploading the entire
petition is not practical. The petition refers to a meeting in Pittsburgh
though for some reason the petition was only signed by the people in
Cleveland as far as I can tell.
The petition was signed by 2735 immigrants. My quick eyeball scan indicates
the large majority is Slovak, but I did spot a couple of Czech names. It
looks like all signatures are males, and include addresses of the
There were no notes by the Congressional committee regarding the petition
one way or another. At least in the box I saw.
�16.41 Generally, the subjects included in the jurisdiction of the Census
Committee did not inspire heated debate, but several subjects did generate
rather strong public reaction. A large roll petition contains the signatures
of 2,735 Slovak citizens from Cleveland, OH, who protested that they were
classed as Hungarians in the 1910 Federal census (61A-H4.2)�.�
The reference 61A-H.2 is a pointer to a folder[s] and is in error; it should
be 61A-H4.1 which is 3 folders containing the petition.
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