Building on our predecessors’ courage to be free

The Pittsburgh Agreement teaches us that for at least one hundred years, Slovaks have sought to fully participate in and contribute to the transatlantic community of western democracies.

The Pittsburgh Agreement was presented in the Slovak parliament in 2008, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of its signing.The Pittsburgh Agreement was presented in the Slovak parliament in 2008, on the occasion of the 90th anniversary of its signing. (Source: TASR)

One hundred years ago today, representatives of Czechs and Slovaks living in the United States came together in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and signed the “birth certificate” of the first Czechoslovak Republic.

The document, primarily authored by T.G. Masaryk, is elegantly simple and clear in its intent: that the Slovaks and Czechs would endeavor to form an independent democratic republic, that the rights and identity of Slovaks would be respected, and that Czechs and Slovaks in the United States would help make the new republic a reality.

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