The Dominican Americans

The Dominican Americans

The Dominican Americans

The Dominican Americans

Synopsis

This profile of Dominican Americans closes a critical gap in information about the accomplishments of one of the largest immigrant groups in the United States. Beginning with a look at the historical background and the roots of native Dominicans, this book traces the story of U.S. and Dominican relations. With great detail and clarity, the authors explain why the Dominicans left their homeland and came to the United States. The book includes discussions of education, health issues, drugs and violence, the visual and performing arts, popular music, religion, food, gender, and race. Most important, this book assesses how Dominicans have adapted to America, and highlights their losses and gains since arriving. The work concludes with an evaluation of the Dominicans' achievements since their immigration began three decades ago and shows how they envision their continued participation in American life. Biographical profiles of many notable Dominican Americans, such as artists, sports greats, musicians, lawyers, novelists, actors, and activists, enhance the text.

Excerpt

Oscar Handlin, a prominent historian, once wrote, "I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America. Then I discovered that the immigrants were American history." The United States has always been a nation of nations where people from every region of the world have come to begin a new life. Other countries such as Canada, Argentina, and Australia also have had substantial immigration, but the United States is still unique in the diversity of nationalities and the great numbers of migrating people who have come to its shores.

Who are these immigrants? Why did they decide to come? How well have they adjusted to this new land? What has been the reaction to them? These are some of the questions the books in this New Americans series seek to answer. There have been many studies about earlier waves of immigrants-- e.g., the English, Irish, Germans, Jews, Italians, and Poles--but relatively little has been written about the newer groups--those arriving in the last thirty years, since the passage of a new immigration law in 1965. This series is designed to correct that situation and to introduce these groups to the rest of America.

Each book in the series discusses one of these groups, and each is written by an expert on those immigrants. The volumes cover the new migration from primarily Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, including: the Koreans, Cambodians, Filipinos, Vietnamese, South Asians such as Indians and Pakistanis, Chinese from both China and Taiwan, Haitians, Jamaicans, Cubans, Dominicans, Mexicans, Puerto Ricans (even though they are already U.S. citizens), and Jews from the former Soviet Union. Although some of . . .

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