State of Immigrants

Italian immigrants studying English

Italian immigrants studying English

Similar to other states, a significant portion of Connecticut’s population came from somewhere else. The variety of available employment attracted immigrants from all over the world who came, worked, stayed and contributed their piece to the state’s rich ethnic mosaic. The resulting mix of traditions, cultures and languages has been documented in several oral history projects beginning with the WPA Federal Writers’ Project in the 1930s, continued¬†¬†in the mid 1970s by the Peoples of Connecticut project at UConn and, more recently, the Waterbury Area Immigrant Oral History Collection.

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