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Primary Source Set: Immigrants in Newark

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Primary Source Set: Immigrants in Newark

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From the start of our city immigrants played a large role. Immigration the city gained traction in the 19th century with Germans, Irish and Italians coming to the City in droves (Documents A, B and O), followed by with many other European ethnic groups (documents C through F) and large populations of Eastern European Jews (Documents F and I). By the 1920s Newark had a Chinatown (Documents G and J) and Spanish and Portuguese immigrants had begun to arrive, a trend that would increase through the next several decades (Documents H,  L, and R). Cubans and Puerto Ricans came to Newark starting in the 1950s and 1960s (Documents K, M, N and Q), with a large Hispanic community by the 1970s (Documents P and Q). Starting in the 1990s, more Latin Americans began coming to Newark, and there has also been a recent increase in African immigrants (Documents S an T)

Bicentennial of the First Landing of Germans in America, Newark N.J.

A. Bicentennial of the First Landing of Germans in America, Newark N.J., 1883

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B. “The Italian Quarters Defying the Board of Health” Newark News, July 21, 1884

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US Census Report of the Foreign Born Population of Newark, 1900-1950

C. US Census Report of the Foreign Born Population of Newark, 1900-1950

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"A map of Newark with areas where different nationalities predominate"
D.”A map of Newark with areas where different nationalities predominate”, 1911

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The Ironbound District

E. The Ironbound District, 1912

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F. “Food and Housing Defects are the Subsoil from Which Third Ward Problems Draw Their Substance” Newark News, Feb 2, 1916

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Newark Chinatown Classroom

G. Newark Chinatown Classroom, 1922

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Pilar Fernado Lavin, family, Independance Park

H. Pilar Fernando Lavin, family, Independence Park, c. 1940s

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Our Life In Our Time

I. Our Life In Our Times (Jewish Community Council), 1948

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Contribution of the Chinese Community to the United States and Newark NJ

J. Contribution of the Chinese Community to the United States and Newark NJ, 1961

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School Nationalities

K. School Nationalities, 1961-1966

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Presentation Spanish Folk Clinton Place Junior High School

L. Presentation Spanish Folk Clinton Place Junior High School, 1962

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Cuban Refugees M. Cuban Refugees, 1963

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N. The Puerto Ricans in Newark, New Jersey, 1963

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40th Anniversary Parade

O. 40th Anniversary St. Patricks Day Parade, 1975

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P. Conditions in the Hispanic Community, 1976

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Q.  Puerto Rican Recognition Week. 1979

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R. 9th Annual Portugal Day, 1986

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Brazilian Mayors and Municipal Leaders

S. Brazilian Mayors and Municipal Leaders, 2003

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T. Newark Census Data: Place of Birth of Foreign Population, 2019

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