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From the speech of the Ambassador of the USA, Norman Eisen, Independence Day (Prague, 2011):

Our Independence Day provides an occasion to reflect on our country’s history and values. As we are here in the Czech Republic, it is also appropriate to celebrate the shared history of our two nations, and the values that continue to bind us together.

Our common story began with Jan Hus’s influence on the Protestant Founding Fathers in the 18th Century. It continued with the extensive emigration from Bohemia and Moravia to the United States in the 19th Century. It was the hard work and entrepreneurial spirit of Czech immigrants that helped build many of our great cities, such as Chicago, Cleveland, and New York. By 1920 there were hundreds of thousands of Czechs living in the United States. Tomas Garrigue Masaryk found a friendly reception from his countrymen when he came to the United States as a visiting professor and spoke at Czech and Slovak organizations in the U.S. The American people rightly saw the plight of the Czechs and Slovaks, their yearning for freedom, as similar to that of their forefathers in colonial America, repaying the teachings of Jan Hus that were so influential on our founding fathers’ and mothers’ ideology.

It is no accident that the Pittsburgh Declaration — the document declaring the intent of representatives of the Czech and Slovak peoples to establish an independent state called CzechoSlovakia — was signed in the United States.  The large number of politically active Czechs and Slovaks in America was one important factor. But, just as important was the natural identification of ordinary Americans with an oppressed people longing for freedom.