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Interpreting the Evidence

Postcard for the Documentary "Farmingville," Growth of Latino Populations in U.S. Cities, 2000

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Document Description
Postcard advertising the documentary "Farmingville," and showing the growth of Latino populations in U.S. Cities, 2000.
Historical Context
The population of the United States in 1966 was 200 million people. By 2006 the population had grown by 100 million people, to 300 million. This large increase includes gains and losses from births, deaths, immigration, and emigration.

The distribution of ethnic groups in America is changing. In 1966 the white population was 167.2 million. Blacks comprised the next most populous group, with 22.3 million people. In 1966 there were 8.5 million Hispanics and 1.5 million Asian or Pacific Islanders living in the United States. By 2006 there were 201 million white people, 44.7 million Hispanics, 38.7 million blacks, and 14.3 million Asian or Pacific Islanders. Since 1966 Latinos have become the largest growing ethnic group in the United States.
Essential Question
How does immigration impact local communities?
Check for Understanding
Identify the main idea of this poster and explain the influence of immigration on these communities.
Historical Challenges
Choose three cities from the list and find the most recent number of Latinos living in those cities.
On a map of the United States, mark these hypergrowth cities. Do you notice any patterns or can you draw any conclusions?
Interdisciplinary Connections
Math: What is another way of saying 100%, 200%, 300%?
English Language Arts: Write a classified ad that would attract immigrants to two of these cities.