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Introduction

Anna D. Jaroszyńska-Kirchmann

in The Polish Hearst

Published by University of Illinois Press

Published in print April 2015 | ISBN: 9780252039096
Published online April 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780252097072 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5406/illinois/9780252039096.003.0001
Introduction

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This introductory chapter sets out the book's purpose, which is to examine the public role of the immigrant press through the example of Antoni A. Paryski, the “Polish Hearst,” a successful immigrant businessman and founder of a large publishing empire. It specifically explores his Polish-language newspaper Ameryka-Echo, a weekly with an international circulation that came out between 1889 and 1971. Paryski and his followers used Ameryka-Echo to spread among the immigrant masses the notion of self-education and improvement through reading and writing. The weekly featured several sections based on readers' correspondence. Among them, the most popular and long-lasting was the “Corner for Everybody,” which printed readers' letters with little editorial intervention. The “Corner”'s participants negotiated the boundaries of the section's ownership with the editors, and formed a close-knit community of readers-writers, fiercely loyal to their forum. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords: Antoni A. Paryski; Polish Heart; immigrant business; publishers; Polish-language newspapers; Ameryka-Echo; self-education; self-improvement

Chapter.  6120 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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