Eugenics: misguided or malevolent? Vince Chesney reviews a book about a period in American history when human engineering was a seductive pseudoscience.
Articles written by: Vince Chesney
A drama based on the letters of a young Polish resistance fighter, Krystyna Wituska, is discussed by students in a psychology class at Luzerne Community College in Shamokin, Pennsylvania. Vince Chesney reports.
There are many motives behind this race to the center of the Earth: money; energy independence; and even the fame that comes with pushing technological limits further. In themselves they are not evil, but where do these pursuits end – and where does the threshold of Inferno begin?
The coal patch town of Lattimer, Pennsylvania was the scene of one of the most deadly attacks by the coal companies against the defenseless miners and their families. Vince Chesney tells this story with special tribute to “Big Mary” Steptak, an immigrant whose eloquent oratory in several Slavic languages united the miners in their struggle for basic rights.
The rise and fall of a polka king turned pauper.
“This place is like a time capsule. You guys still talk about Lemkos and Galicia. We don’t even talk about that stuff,” said exchange student Lyudmyla Sonchak during an ethnic festival near Minersville, Pennsylvania.
CR once again welcomes an article by Vince Chesney in which he writes about a new book and about Slavic hospitality. Pennsylvania coal country, a rural enclave dotted by small towns is distant enough from major centres — two hours from Philadelpia and Baltimore, three hours from DC, and four hours from Pittsburgh – to have retained its own identity. Says the author: “I am pleased to share this area’s heritage with you…”
October 5, 2008 marked the 75th annual Pulaski Day parade in Philadelphia and at the same time the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first Polish Americans with John Smith’s Jamestown settlement.