Konstanty Buszczyński - Impressions of America
Impressions of America
With a foreword by Dominic A. Pacyga, Professor Emeritus at Columbia College Chicago and author of American Warsaw: The Rise Fall, and Rebirth of Polish Chicago.
When Konstanty Buszczyński travelled to America in 1910, it was the start of a love affair that would culminate in his appointment as the first Polish Consul of New York. Impressions of America is his account of his early voyages, and his musings on the place of the United States in the world. Buszczyński’s lively writing touches on many different aspects of American life, from analysis of the political and economic climate to comments on the nuances of ‘cow-boys’ and a visit to Niagara Falls.
Impressions of America was published in Polish in 1922, and has never before been translated into English. It is a valuable primary source regarding the United States around the turn of the last century, as well as a record of contemporary attitudes in both the United States and in Europe. For anyone with an interest in American history, it is an entertaining and illuminating read.
In lively prose Impressions of America evokes the energy and complexity of the society and culture of the United States in the era of Theodore Roosevelt’s presidency. Buszczyński pays little attention to politics but captures the complexity, diversity of the society, economy, and culture, particularly the popular culture. It is a remarkable survey across the continent. - Thomas H. Bender, Professor Emeritus, New York University