In the year 1608, a contingent of skilled Polish artisans arrived in the Jamestown colony and founded one of Americas first export industries. Poles were among the intellectual and political leaders of Peter Stuyvesant's colony of New Amsterdam. And the great military strategists Thaddeus Kosciuszko and Casimir Pulaski are among the unsung heroes of the American Revo-lution. The election of a Polish pope, John Paul II, in 1978 changed dramatically the perception of Po-land in the United States, as it also roused a new feeling of pride in Polish heritage among the ten million Americans of Polish descent. From the seventeenth century to the present, men and women of Polish origin or descent have made important contributions in every area of American life-industry, finance, politics, science, sports, labor, theater music, art and education, to name only a few. Most of their names will not be found in American history books. But many of their names and stories are included in this richly illustrated history of the Poles in America. And, of equal importance, My Name is Million is also the story of those millions of Pol-ish Americans whose quest for the American dream began in the blast furnaces, forges, quar-ries, and coal pits of the American Midwest--those whose dreams of and whose role in Ameri-can life have, until now gone unrecognised. Twenty-one years after its original publication in 1978, My Name is Million , long out of print, is here reissued m a new format with a new index of names.