Cultural Diversity (CHI Featured Topics)
Connecticut History Illustrated (CHI) collection may include items from CSL Archives.
.Connecticut History Illustrated (CHI): "In the first two centuries after the arrival of Europeans, in addition to those who remained of the original native American inhabitants, the Connecticut population was primarily composed of settlers of English origin and enslaved and free persons originally from Africa. Beginning in the early 1800s, industrial and agricultural opportunities brought new groups to the state. The first arrivals were from northern Europe, particularly Ireland, followed later in the century by southern and eastern Europeans. All of these developments resulted in dramatic demographic changes. Restrictive immigration laws, particularly in the post-World War I period, stemmed the flow of immigrants for a time, but internal migration of African Americans in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries further diversified the population, as did the post-World War II arrival of Puerto Ricans, and later infusions of immigrants from Latin America and the Middle East. The Cultural Diversity featured topic provides a sampling of items that reflect the rich ethnic and religious mix, as well as other sources of diversity, that characterizes the state’s population. To find more resources on cultural diversity in Connecticut and any related topics, use the topic headings and other keywords within records to extend your searches--terms such as “intercultural,” “immigra*,” “ethnic groups,” (enclosing phrases in quotes, and using an * to allow for singular, plural or other forms), and the names of individuals, groups, or organizations. Exploring the collections to which individual items belong can be another way to find more items of interest."