Interpreting the Evidence
Report on Centro Colombiano, 1939
Suggested Teaching Instructions
Report on Centro Colombiano, a New York City organization for Colombian immigrants, conducted by A. M. Mendez, reporter for the New York City Unit of the Federal Writers' Project, January 4, 1939. From Spanish Book—Life Histories (Part 1).
Research the Colombian community in the United States, particularly the community’s presence in Jackson Heights, Queens. Why did Colombians settle there? What are their contributions to the economy of the area? Take note of the multicultural landscape that Queens has become.
Research the relationship between the United States and Colombia. What role does illegal drug trafficking play? How might this affect Colombians living here?
Math: Research the number of immigrants from Colombia to the United States for each decade since 1930. Make a bar graph of your findings.
English Language Arts: Create a set of minutes for a meeting of Centro Colombiano.