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Voices of Diversity

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John J. Grabowski, Editor
In celebration of the Cleveland area's rich ethnic heritage, Voices of Diversity focuses on firsthand accounts of the ethnic experience in northeast Ohio. Through personal narratives, translations or reprints of previously published accounts, and hard-to-find histories of regional immigrant communities, the stories and experiences of the people who make up this diverse community are told, adding to our understanding of the history of the region.


and | Filed under: Regional Interest, Voices of Diversity

Since the early nineteenth century, Cleveland and the surrounding region have benefited from the emigration of European Jewry. A unique anthology of essays, short stories, and poems, A Cleveland Jewish Reader gathers for the first time rare and previously inaccessible writings about the Jewish experience…

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An Integrated Boyhood

| Filed under: Autobiography & Memoirs, Voices of Diversity

In An Integrated Boyhood, Richards candidly describes how this exemplary middle-class Cleveland sojourn left him hopelessly confused and dislocated at the very moment of his parents’ triumph. His narrative of success provides the background to a more private turmoil: Richards’s struggle to read the shifting…

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You Can’t Be Mexican

| Filed under: Regional Interest, Voices of Diversity
Mendez Book Cover

Frank Mendez, a child of Mexican immigrants begins his memoir with the story of his father’s harrowing migration from Mexico to Texas in 1920 as he escaped from Zapata’s guerrrillos and continues with his story of growing up in northeast Ohio. He recounts the Mendez…

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My Father Spoke Finglish at Work

| Filed under: Regional Interest, Voices of Diversity
Fairburn Book Cover

The Finnish American Heritage Association of Ashtabula County was organized in 1995, and one of its first projects was the interviewing and taping of elderly Finnish Americans to obtain historical accounts of early immigrants. These first-person accounts were written as the narrator told them. Many…

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