In the USA everybody is an immigrant. However, Slavs frequently feel like their former economic status makes them not as appreciated as they deserve. At the same time, there are many reasons why Slavs should be proud of their impact on the growth of the United States.
1. Kościuszko and Puławski were Polish
Two of the most important historical figures in the USA were Polish. Both are legendary warriors who fought to protect the brightest values of humanity. Kościuszko was a Polish-Lithuanian military engineer, statesman and national hero of four countries. His bravery and skills are appreciated in Poland, Belarus, Lithuania and United States. In America, he fought in the American Revolutionary War. Kazimierz Pułaski is remembered as a hero who fought for independence and freedom in Poland and the United States. He was born in Poland but stays famous as one of the greatest American heroes. He is one of the only eight people to be awarded honorary United States citizenship.
2. Slavs brought Paczki Day to the USA
The delicious type of Polish doughnuts filled with sweet fruity jam. If you don’t like them, you have to be a healthy lifestyle maniac.Pączki are usually covered with the glaze made of powdered sugar with a bit of dried orange zest. They have been known in Poland at least since the Middle Ages. Nowadays they are still appreciated on a daily basis, but also on Fat Thursday, the last Thursday prior to Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Even if someone is not religious, he can still enjoy fresh and sweet pączek during this day. When Polish arrived in North America, especially the cities like Chicago and Detroit, they still wanted to celebrate Pączki Day – The Fat Thursday. During the last few years, Pączki day became extremely popular especially in Illinois, where Americans started to celebrate it with pączki-eating contests.
3. We rock in Hollywood
Many American famous people have roots in the Slavic countries. Did you know that even Leonardo Di Caprio has Slavic roots? Many of them have roots in families that came to the USA to escape from the poverty. One of the perfect examples in Russian Jew Kirk Douglas, whose talents and determination allowed him to receive a role in famous Spartacus movie. After that, his career star rocketed. Now the Douglas family is one of the most famous clans of Hollywood.
4. Slavic players in NHL
There are too many fabulous NHL players with the Slavic roots, so it is impossible to mention all of them. If you are a hockey fan, you are aware that without Slavs NHL would never be the same One of the most famous is Viacheslav Fetisov, who was one of eight Soviet players who rocked in NHL at the end of 1980s and in 1990s, including Helmut Balderis, Vladimir Krutov, Igor Larionov, Sergei Makarov, Sergei Mylnikov, Sergei Priakin and Sergei Starikov.Talking about hockey we cannot forget about famous Polish player Mariusz Czerkawski, whose career included games for Boston Bruins, Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, and Toronto Maple Leafs.
5. First Lady Melania Trump
Ok, let’s be honest: it’s all up to the personal preferences of the person. She has as many haters as followers, but we cannot ignore her Slavic roots. She was born in Novo Mesto, Slovenia and grew up in Sevnica, in the Lower Sava Valley. She worked as a model in Europe, and later in the USA, but became well known as a wife of Donald Trump. As the First Lady of USA, Melania became an icon of style. Although she still struggles with her image, she stays an influential member of the American establishment.