Douglas Cantrell

The Making of an American

Martin Himler emigrated from Hungary to America in 1907, and he arrived in New York City with no money and no plan other than to find work. From these impoverished beginnings, Himler persevered to become a self-made new American. As a coal mining entrepreneur, he established the Himler Coal Company—a bold experiment in a worker-owned mine—founded the small town of Himlerville, Kentucky—a town almost completely populated by Hungarian immigrants—and founded and edited a weekly newspaper, the Magyar Bányászlap (Hungarian Miners’ Journal). Read more…

Douglas Cantrell

Doug Cantrell is a professor of history at the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College where he has taught Kentucky History since 1987.  Prior to coming to Elizabethtown he taught adjunct at both the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.  He is the author, co-author, or editor of twelve books and has written numerous articles and book reviews for academic journals. He is a specialist in immigration to the southern Appalachian and Eastern Kentucky region. He authored numerous entries on immigration to the southern coalfields for both the Encyclopedia of Appalachia and the Kentucky Encyclopedia. He has been a featured speaker for the Kentucky Humanities Council Speakers Bureau and had lectured widely on the topic of immigration in southern Appalachia.  Professor Cantrell served as a past president of the Kentucky Association of Teachers of History and has held memberships in the Filson Club, the Kentucky Historical Society, the Appalachian Studies Association, the Southern Historical Association, and the American Historical Association. 

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