Title

Dr. Francis Fronczak and the Rhetoric of Polish Independence

Department

History & Political Science

Document Type

Article

Publication Source

Rocznik Przemyski. Historia

Publication Date

2019

Volume

55

Issue

3

First Page

97

Last Page

116

Abstract

This article deals with the activities during World War I of Dr. Francis Fronczak (1874-1955), who was an important figure in Polonia politics in Buffalo, NY and beyond. During the war years, Fronczak became increasingly connected to political developments in Poland. He became a member of the Polish National Committee in 1918, while simultaneously serving in the United States Army as a major in the Medical Corps. In this study, the author will analyze the rhetoric used by Fronczak to create a positive image of Polish-Americans and to promote the Polish national cause. Fronczak persistently focused on the shared past and common cultural values in the American and Polish historical experiences, thus providing a rationale for non-Poles in America to support Polish independence as a wartime demand.

Keywords

Dr. Francis Fronczak, Buffalo, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Polish Central Relief Committee, Polish National Committee

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