New York City Municipal Archives, NYCMA_WPA-FWP_B1_15
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).
How does the Centro Colombiano meet the needs of distressed members?
Which problems are the most common?
What was going on worldwide during the 1930s?
What reasons did Colombians give U.S. officials for entering the country during the 1930s? Why would these reasons be different or similar today?
Why did so many Colombians return to Colombia during the 1930s? How long were most Colombians in New York before returning home?
Did anything about this interview surprise you? Explain your answer.
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.