A Study of Czechoslovak Immigration and Their Contributions to Vocational Education in Chicago Between 1875 and 1935


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Chicago State University


The objective of this thesis will be to convey data to understand, to what extent did Czechoslovak immigrants influence the building of the Chicago public school systemand in turn, how the immigrants changed as the result of their participation within the public school system of Chicago. Information is presented to investigate links between the Czechoslovak immigrants, the city of Chicago, and the public school system. Reports, letters, archival documents, and histories are put forth in an attempt to uncover correlations between the variables: public schools, immigrants, and host society. The findings correlate with the idea that an exchange of values between the variables takes place, in some cases hindering improvement and creating stress on the environment, but the overall result of interaction between the variables encourages progress and growth.