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Re: Traveling by Ship & the Why and How of Immigration

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  • Susan Rektorik Henley
    Gilbert, I too would enjoy discussing the subjects which you listed. I would especially like hearing the family stories of others. I am mostly a
    Message 1 of 4 , Jun 11, 2000
      Gilbert, I too would enjoy discussing the subjects which you listed.  I would especially like hearing the family stories of others.
      I am mostly a "book-learned", fairly recent, Tex Czech culturist/historian.  I will share what I know; however, there are some folks on the CHS list who have been involved with the history of the Texas Czechs and the CHS for a long time and have far more extensive knowledge than I do.  I wish we could get them to share with us.  This is a request, please!
      I also strongly recommend two books as starting points for learning about the driving forces behind the Czech migration to Texas.
      "Krasna Amerika:  A Study of the Texas Czechs, 1851--1939"; by  Clinton Machann and James W. Mendl; Eakin Press, Austin, Texas; 1983.
      [As the title states, this is a study of the Texas Czechs.  Chapter Titles include:  Emigration from Europe and Early History in Texas, Movement and Growth, Social Structure, Religion, Folk Culture, Czech Language, Journalism, and Literature, and Czech Identity and Assimilation.]
      "Czech Voices, Stories from Texas in the Amerikan Narodni Kalendar:  translated and edited by Clinton Machann and James W. Mendl Jr.";  Texas A & M University Press, College Station, Texas;  1991.
      [This book contains ten, first person accounts of early Czech immigrants to Texas.  The accounts start in the 1850's.  The articles were first printed in the the Midwestern Czech-language journal "Amerikan Narodni Kalendar."  According to the dust jacket themes include "hardships of the immigrants, religious conflicts, the American Civil War, farming practices, and attitudes toward the land."  I also found a lot of the subjects which you are interested in.
      Do others of you know of other books?  Let us know.
      I'm more than willing to start a point by point discussion of your topics of interest.  In case someone else wants to lead off, I'll sit back for a little while.
      Susan Rektorik Henley 
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Sunday, June 11, 2000 1:06 PM
      Subject: Re: [TexasCzechs] Is anyone out there?

      One of the things that has always had my interest is "traveling by ship" to America.  My relatives came from Bremen, Germany.  Information like:
          1) How did they get from Moravia to Bremen?
          2) How did they make those arrangements?
          3) What procedure did they have to go through to get permission to
              come to America?
          4) How long did it take and what was the ship/travel like?
          5) When they arrived at their port, how did they get from there to where
              they were going?  In fact, how did they know where they were going?

      These are questions that intrigue me and I would love to see someone discuss these in greater detail.

      Gilbert Bohuslav

      Susan Rektorik Henley wrote:

      <Each day when I return home from the office, I can't wait to get to the email and see what's there.> Gerri, I was glad to hear that you are still interested in the list! Richard, now that you are back, perhaps, we can figure out a little more closely what people want to read.  I know we can cover a wide variety of topics and cover a broad span of interests; however, when I am almost the only one sending mail...my stories...one begins to wonder what folks really want to hear. For instance, Rick Garza and I held a extended discussion on the settlement patterns of the Texas Czechs (including the role of pro- and anti-sesession counties), and the importance of the blackland prairies (including a second migration).  At the time we were doing this, I thought, "Boy, would l like to hear other views and information on this.  I'd like to share it with the list"  However, since there has been so little traffic, the discussion stayed between Richard and myself. Another thing which I did think about, should this type of discussion go to the list, is ensuring that proper credit to the sources used to support the positions. Authors always are due and deserve recognition. Anyway...in the end, I figured this discussion would just send people off yawning. It would help to know what people are interested in.  I really don't wish to torture or at least bore folks. Susan Rektorik Henley

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