Sobre / About

La Ciudad de Inmigrantes La ciudad de Lawrence (Massachusetts) goza de una larga historia de inmigración, la cual empieza con su fundación en 1845 con diversos grupos europeos y norteamericanos, incluso irlandeses, italianos y canadienses que ofrecen mano de obra en las fábricas textiles nuevamente construidas.  Para el año 1910, los inmigrantes provienen de 51 países distintos, representando el mayor número de inmigrantes per cápita de tal variedad de países del mundo en aquel entonces.  Disuelta la Revolución Industrial y acabada la Segunda Guerra Mundial, empieza la nueva inmigración hispana desde Puerto Rico en los 1950.  Según el censo estadounidense de 2010, 73,8 por cien de los 76,377 habitantes de Lawrence ahora son de descendencia hispana, en su mayor parte del Caribe—Puerto Rico y la República Dominicana—pero nativos de todos los países de Latinoamérica y España.  Es decir que, hoy en día, Lawrence es efectivamente una ciudad hispana.  Aunque Lawrence sigue siendo una ciudad de diversas influencias internacionales, este blog está dedicado a la población mayoritaria hispana y ayuda al visitante a entender a través de las palabras y experiencias de miembros de la comunidad de Lawrence las realidades de vivir en un mundo multicultural y plurilingüe.

Este blog es el resultado de una compleja pero muy vibrante colaboración entre jóvenes y adultos comprometidos al desarrollo comunitario y a la idea de que no existe una sola historia para definir un lugar.  La primera visión para el proyecto en video la tuvieron Steve García y Chris Benítez, de Movement City en Lawrence, quienes la compartieron con Mark Cutler, profesor de español de Phillips Academy en Andover, quien llevaba años haciendo trabajo comunitario en Lawrence con sus estudiantes.  Steve y Chris deseaban mostrar en un documental otros lados de la ciudad de Lawrence, los que no se representaban equitativamente en la prensa–lo bueno, lo malo y todo entre medio–y los tres juntos emprendieron este proyecto.  Tras varias iteraciones del proyecto, en colaboración con estudiantes de Phillips Academy, Lawrence High School (LHS), maestro de LHS-MST César Sánchez Beras, Movement City y Lawrence History Center, presentamos con este blog historias de la nueva inmigración hispana en Lawrence.

El blog Nosotros, el pueblo está diseñado para que el visitante pueda apreciar las historias de residentes de la Ciudad de Inmigrantes, o una por una, o en secuencia, como si fuera el documental que los autores originales habían imaginado.  Es nuestro deseo que este blog sea usado por toda la comunidad de Lawrence, incluso los que no viven en la ciudad–admiradores, amigos, socios, y estudiosos–y que se haga un instrumento de unificación comunitaria para toda la ciudad.

Comuníquese con los editores del blog y ofrezca su propia historia si quiere.  Y sobre todo, ¡disfrute!

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The Immigrant City The City of Lawrence, Massachusetts has a long history of immigration, which began with its foundation in 1845 by a diverse group of people of European and North American descent, including Irish, Italians, y Canadians who came to offer labor in the newly established textile factories.  By the year 1910, immigrants in Lawrence represented 51 different countries, which at the time was the largest number of immigrants per capita from such a variety of countries in any city around the world.  The end of the Industrial Revolution and the Second World War made possible a new wave of Hispanic immigration into Lawrence, this time from Puerto Rico in the 1950s.  According to the 2010 US Census, 73.8% of the 76,377 citizens of Lawrence were of Hispanic ethnicity, mostly from the Caribbean–Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic–but originating from all Latin American countries and Spain.  In effect, Lawrence has become most definitively a Hispanic city.  Even though Lawrence continues to be a city of diverse cultural influences, this blog is dedicated to the predominantly Hispanic population and it helps the visitor to understand through the words and experiences of members of the community of Lawrence the realities of living in a multicultural and multilingual world.

This blog is the result of a complex but very vibrant collaboration between youths and adults who are committed to community development and to the idea that one, single story does not define a place.  The original vision for the project was expressed by Steve Garcia and Chris Benitez, of Movement City in Lawrence, and they shared it with Mark Cutler, Spanish instructor at Phillips Academy, who had been doing community work in Lawrence with his students for a number of years.  Steve and Chris wanted to show through a documentary the different sides of Lawrence, images and stories that were not given equitable treatment in the mainstream press–the good, the bad and everything in between.  The team set out to realize this project and through various iterations, in collaboration with students from Phillips Academy Andover, Lawrence High School, LHS-MST teacher Cesar Sanchez Beras, Movement City and Lawrence History Center, we present with this blog stories of the new Hispanic immigration into Lawrence.

The blog We, the People is designed so that the visitor can appreciate the stories of residents of the Immigrant City, either one at a time, or in order, as if they were part of the documentary that the original authors had envisioned.  Our wish is that this blog be used by the community of Lawrence, even those who do not live in the city–admirers, friends, associates and academics–and that it become a community building tool for the city to rally around.

Contact the editors of the blog and offer your own story if you wish.  Above all, enjoy!

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2 thoughts on “Sobre / About

  1. My family lived in Lawrence from 1900 through the time that my mother passed away in 1993. I was born in Lawrence in 1944 and left to go to college in 1961. I see a different version of the Lawrence where I lived now – different in many ways but also similar in others. My father was involved with publishing the Lawrence Sunday Sun. I would like to keep connected to Lawrence.

    • Thanks for your message, Ellen. Little by little, this project is growing and helping people to connect with their community–both with the present and the past. Please keep checking back to read people’s reflections and hear them tell their stories.

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