Facts you didn’t know polish people
As I was reading the article, I didn’t know that October is Polish American heritage month. I wish I knew about this, I would have done more blogs to honor my polish heritage; however, I do not need a month to get credit for my culture. Above all, I am always interested in my heritage, and I don’t need a month. Also, It doesn’t hurt to be reminded about my polish background.
First of all, I never knew that the word “Polack” is a polish word for Polak; which means, a polish male person and is considered an ethnic slur. Ever since that, I could remember, My mom would toss the word “Polack” around. My mom would tell me that the word meant a polish people who are stubborn.
- First immigrants to Jamestown, Pa., in 1619,
- The second immigrants of polish came between 1860 and during world war 1.
- The third and most significant wave lasted from the end of the world war 1 to the end of the cold war. (This was when my Great-Grandparents came to America.)
- Today, There are an estimated 10-15 million Americans of Polish descent.
- Polish Americans are the most significant Slavic ethnic group in the United States.
In the 20th century, Polish Americans can be found in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Ohio, and Michigan.
Lopata (1976) would say that the poles were not like most ethnic groups in America. First, they did not plan to remain in the States and become “Americanized.” Instead, they thought that this would be temporary and they would go back. They wanted to earn money, invest, and wait for the right opportunity to return. However, many decided to stay and become Americans.
Many poles found jobs in the coal mines of Pennsylvania and the heavy industries, Such as; steel mills, iron foundries, slaughterhouses, oil and sugar refineries. Poles lived and worked in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Buffalo, Milwaukee, Cleveland, and Toledo.
Chicago is the largest population of Polish Americans. Also, Chicago has a population of 185,000 polish speakers and calls itself the largest Polish city outside of Poland.
Pennsylvania is the second largest states that have the most polish Americans. A few the cities and towns in Pennsylvania that have the most polish Americans are in Wilkes-barre, Hazleton, Doylestown, Scranton, Pittston, Philly, Pittsburgh, and Nanticoke.
Famous Polish Americans:
- Kristen Bell
- Scarlett Johansson
- Martha Stewart
- Jared Padalecki
- Natalie Portman
- The Warner brothers
- Roman Polanski
- John Krasinski
Polish Americans that discovered/ founded:
- Albert Abraham Michelson was the first American to receive the Nobel Prize in the sciences for his work on measuring the speed of light.
- Marie Curie was the first women to win twice the Nobel prize, the only person to win a Nobel prize in two sciences.
- Curtis Sliwa founded the Guardian Angels. Ruth Handler co-founded the Mattel toy company and created the Barbie doll.
- Leo Gerstenzang invented the Q-tip.
- Henryk Magnuski invented the walkie-talkie
- Casimir Zeglen invented the first bulletproof vest
- Jozef kosacki invented the mine detector
Polish people that aren’t Americans, but still are special:
- Werner Ryszard Kirchner, 1918, Poland, discovered rocket fuel
- Mieczyslaw Grzegorz Bekler, 1905, discovered lunar roving vehicle.
- Eugeniusz Lachocki, 1921, discovered the hologram.
- Jacek Rafat Karpinski, 9.04.1927, turyn, Poland, discovered the computer 8MB memory in 1969.
- Stefan pierikowski in 1883, Poland, discovered the fluorescent lamp.
- Institute of high-pressure physics in Poland discovered the blue ray.
- Jan Szczepanik in 1897 in Poland, discovered the television.
- Poland has the most winners of the “world’s strongest man” title.
- Jan Szczepanik and Kazimierz Zeglen, Poland, discovered the bulletproof
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