Osadne Hlasy -- January 06, 1933This and That
The Slovaks who resigned from the Czecho-Slovak World's Fair Committee, because the Bohemians did not want to hyphenate the name Czecho-Slovak, are constantly being reproached for desiring to import a European political battle to America. In the Committee such things have no place. Let us look at this matter honestly.
The Slovaks, regardless of European politics or its situations, had the right to request a hyphen in the name Czecho-Slovak World's Fair Committee, because the committee represented American citizens of Slovak and Bohemian descent. The Bohemians had a ready answer for the Slovaks by referring to the official name of the Czecho-Slovak Republic. The name is seldom2
hyphenated except by the Slovaks. Who then, started the discussion of European politics? One thing was certain, that, American Slovaks clearly revealed to the Bohemians, in this city, that they are not compelled to subordinate themselves, and that the Bohemians must deal with the Slovaks as their equal brothers. This step, which the Slovaks had taken, brought respect and recognition from some of the Bohemians and also from other nationalities.
II B 1 c 3, III B 2, I C
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