Countless Slovaks left Slovakia because life there got too hard. A harsh climate, a lack of freedom, pandemics, crop shortages, and an everyday struggle to earn a living were a daily reality.
For hundreds of thousands, the only way out was to leave behind their beloved forests, rivers, and mountains. Carried by their hopes and dreams, they ventured across Europe and the Atlantic to lay their roots down in the New World.
An Emotional History of Immigration
Slovak Settlers presents 44 authentic stories that piece together the fascinating, powerful, and touching Odyssey of Slovaks who left their homeland in search of a new life in faraway North America. Their destinies reveal a timeless story of shared dreams and hope that should never be forgotten.
Although the history of Slovakia is a history of migration, we know so little about the Slovak men and women who dared to cross the ocean in search of a better life and even less about what happened to them after.
Their stories help to recover ties severed by decades and even a century of separation.