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Something Old, Something Borrowed, Something New: The Ethnic Identity of Polish-American Women During World War I

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On February 9, 1917, the Polish-American newspaper Dziennik ZWiazkowy issued an "Appeal to All Polish Women." This article urged Polish women in Chicago to "stand ready to work together with the daughters ofthis country" if the United States were to enter the war in Europe. It also announced a meeting of the Women's Auxiliary of the Polish National Alliance to discuss ways to help in the American war effort and "express honorably and fittingly the feelings we have for the people and the country, whose representative President Wilson announced before the whole world that Poland should be united, free, and autonomous." The article further drives home its point by declaring that "[e]very Polish woman who is a loyal American citizen" should attend the meeting.

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