Although the Hungarian presence in America dates from the American Revolution, significant numbers of Hungarians did not come to this country until the late nineteenth century. From the late 1890s until World War I, more than 450,000 Hungarians came to the United States as a result of worsening economic conditions at home. These immigrants were followed in the 1920's and 1930's by refugees of the dictatorial Horthy regime and, in the 1940s, by persons escaping Nazi control.
The last significant wave of Hungarian immigration occurred as a result of the failure of the 1956 revolution, with 35,000 Hungarians escaping their country for the United States. Since this time, Hungarian immigration to the U.S. has been extremely small. Historically, the largest Hungarian-American communities have been in Cleveland and New York, although large concentrations can be found throughout the Midwest and Northeast.
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American Hungarian Library and Historical Society
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