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First Listen: New Roots/Nuevas Raíces


“Years ago, we felt there was this huge blind spot: migration, people from Latin America coming into this state. Little by little, it’s been developing into a full scale program that belongs to what we see as a new paradigm for studying Latin American presence not only in Latin America, but the Latin American presence in the United States.” -Louis A. Pérez, Director of the Institute for the Study of the Americas

Enjoy this first listen to New Roots/Nuevas Raíces, a collaborative project of the Latino Migration Project, The Southern Oral History Program, and the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  New Roots/Nuevas Raíces was awarded a grant in the spring by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), which is awarded from the NEH Humanities Collections and Reference Resources division, to make the New Roots collection accessible to new regional, national and global public constituencies, particularly within Spanish-speaking Latino and Latin American communities.

The audio provides an overview of the growing collection of oral histories focused on issues related to Latino migration to North Carolina and the formation of Latino communities. Voices with roots in Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru, Guatemala and Puerto Rico share their immigration stories and lives in North Carolina.

The project is based at at UNC Chapel Hill and will be carried out over the course of three years.


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