There are over one million Dominicans in the United States. Most are concentrated in New York State, particularly the New York Tri-state area. Today Dominicans are part of the American social fabric from serving in the US military, law enforcement, White House Cabinet positions, ambassadors, teachers and, of course baseball players. Their migration is often traced back to the 1965 US invasion and Hart-Cellars Act but the history of Dominican migration to the United States and particularly New York State is much older. In this ninety-minute presentation, Edward Paulino will examine the history of Dominican migration, which dates back to the 17th century, through the halls of Ellis Island in the early 20th century to the present. Using census figures, Paulino will also examine the statistical growth of the Dominican community and its strides and challenges in American society.
Funded project of the New York Council for the Humanities. The New York Council for the Humanities is a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.