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Latino Cultural Influence in New York

Directions
The task below is based on documents 1 through 4. This task is designed to test your ability to work with historical documents. Look at each document and answer the question or questions after each document. Use your answers to the questions to help write your essay.
 
Historical Context
The United States is often referred to as a “melting pot” or a “salad bowl” because of the great cultural diversity brought in by past and present immigrants. One of these immigrant groups, Latinos, has contributed many of its own cultural aspects to New York.
 
Task Description
For Part A, look at each document carefully and answer the question or questions after each document. Then read the directions for Part B and write your essay.
For Part B, use your answers to the questions in Part A, the information from the documents, and your knowledge of social studies to write a well-organized essay in your own words. In your essay you should:
Write about the cultural contributions that Latino immigrants have brought to New York. Include specific aspects of culture such as music, food, celebrations, costumes, and dance.
 
Part A: Instructions
Read and analyze each document or excerpt, and then in the space provided answer each of the questions that follow them.
 
Part B: Essay
In your own words, write a well-organized essay using the documents, the answers to the questions in Part A, and your knowledge of social studies.
In your essay remember to:
  • Write about the cultural contributions that Latino immigrants have brought to New York.
  • Include an introduction, body and a conclusion.
  • Use information from at least 3 of the documents in your answer.
  • Include details, examples, or reasons in developing your ideas.
 


     Mailer flyer, Sodus Primary School Fiesta Mexicana, Spetember 17, 2000
Cornell University Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, KRO_23_13_3160_B5F43_08
 
Document Description
Mexican Fiesta Flyer, 2000.
 
Questions
  1. Sodus Primary School in New York hosts a Mexican fiesta or celebration. What are some of the Mexican cultural activities that will be presented?
  2. Why would a school hold a Mexican fiesta?
 

     Bodega

Bodega

Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, CUNY, CEN_JAM_B38F6_236
 
Document Description
Bodega.
 
Questions
  1. What are some Spanish-American grocery items that would be sold in this store?
  2. What advantages would there be to shopping at a bodega like this one?
 

     Bottle Dancer from Paraguay

Bottle Dancer from Paraguay

Hofstra University Special Collections, HOF_101
 
Document Description
Bottle Dancers from Paraguay.
 
Questions
  1. Where and from whom would these Paraguayan-American women learn this traditional bottle dance?
  2. Why would they choose to perform this dance in a parade?
 

     Peruvian dancers

Peruvian dancers

Hofstra University Special Collections, HOF_104
 
Document Description
Peruvian dancers in a Parade.
 
Questions
  1. What evidence of Peruvian culture is being displayed by these men and women during this parade in New York City?
  2. What benefit are the spectators gaining by watching these traditional performers?