Our Slavic Fellow Citizens - 1910

Slovak Emigration
Chapter VI

The Darker Side

All these good qualities are handicapped by various unfortunate circumstances acting on the weaker sides of the Slovaks, on their passiveness and lack of initiative and their proneness to drink. Apart from the natural infertility of the soil, intensified as this is by conditions of landholding and tillage, the great curses of the country seem to be three: political conditions, intemperance and financial exploitation (the last two very closely related). To the first of these, political conditions. I will recur later.

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