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Jamaican Americans by Heather A. Horst, Andrew Garner

The first wave of Jamaican immigration to the United States occurred in the early 1900s, when seasonal farmworkers settled in Florida and a second more skilled group moved to New York City. During the subsequent decades, both the U.S. Immigration Act of 1924 and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 restricted further Jamaican immigration to the United States. However, a second wave of migration began in 1965 with the passage of the Immigration and Naturalization Services Act, which eliminated national-origin quotas. Today, more than 700,000 people of Jamaican descent call the United States home, including nearly 300,000 in New York City. From Colin Powell, the first African American to be appointed U.S. secretary of state, to former NBA star Patrick Ewing and Grammy Award winner Harry Belafonte, Jamaican Americans have made important contributions to American society and continue to share their rich cultural heritage.

Each informative volume in The New Immigrants series describes the achievements and hardships experienced by immigrant groups that have arrived in the United States since Congress passed the Immigration and Naturalization Services Act in 1965.

About the Author:
Heather A. Horst worked as a teaching assistant at a rural primary school in Jamaica

About the Author:
Andrew Garner is honorary research associate at Oxford Brookes University in the United Kingdom

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791087909
Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/28/2007
Series: Facts on File New Immigrants Series
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 11 - 17 Years

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