More than 5,000 Dominicans came to New York City through Ellis Island between 1892 and 1924, and many of them came with the idea of staying permanently. How do these Dominicans differ from those who followed them in the 1960s? How do Dominicans who came through Ellis Island resemble other Caribbean Hispanics who lived in New York City at the dawn of the 20th century? Using Ellis Island documents and other institutional archival records, Ramona Hernández paints a compelling portrait of Dominicans who wanted to make New York their
permanent home. Hernández is director of the Dominican Studies Institute of the City University of New York, CUNY, and professor of sociology at City College and the CUNY Graduate Center. She is the author of several works on migration and labor, including The Mobility of Workers Under Advanced Capitalism: Dominican Migration to the United States.
This event is sponsored by the Forum on Migration and Columbia’s Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race as part of the Migration, Race, and Ethnicity lecture series.