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Caribbean Connections: Moving North

Teaching Guide. Edited by Catherine Sunshine and Keith Warner. 2005. 240 pages.
Literature and essays about Caribbean life in the United States.

Themes: Immigration, Latinx, US Foreign Policy

Caribbean Connections: Moving North (Teaching Guide) | Zinn Education ProjectThis anthology provides carefully selected fiction, poetry, personal narratives, essays, and interviews by people of Caribbean background living in the United States.

Ideal for middle and high school students, the literature is by noted authors including:

  • Merle Collins
  • Edwidge Danticat
  • Nicholasa Mohr
  • Julia Alvarez
  • Judith Ortiz Cofer
  • Shirley Chisholm
  • Rosa Guy
  • and more

The focus is on:

  • Puerto Ricans
  • West Indians
  • Cubans
  • Haitians
  • Dominicans

Caribbean Connections: Moving North is “an invaluable resource for studying and teaching the migration of Caribbean peoples… eminently readable, blending excellent historical overviews with memorable life stories, and a stunning sampler of poems, stories and interviews…” —Professor Juan Flores, Hunter College

Caribbean Connections: Moving North is “easy to read, informative and entertaining. It is a textbook that can be used in junior high schools and colleges in history, sociology, political science, literature and immigration classes. Every Caribbean man and woman know that the region once belonged to various European powers but not many are aware of the indirect grasp and control the United States had and still has on the region. In layman’s language, Moving North shows how United States’ national security policies, created as early as the 19th century, enabled the U.S. to dominate the region and why as a result, countries such as Haiti, the Dominican Republic, and Cuba have not enjoyed political and economic stability.” —Herman Hall, Everybody’s Magazine, November, 1998

The book is organized into five sections:

(1) A Primer on Caribbean Migration presents an overview of Caribbean history and the migration experiences of the five represented groups;

(2) Life Stories presents the personal narratives of 15 men and women of Caribbean heritage;

(3) Fiction, Memoirs, and Poetry offers selected literature by Caribbean Americans;

(4) Caribbean Crossroads makes dual references to the communities where Caribbean immigrants have settled as a crossroads of U.S. and Caribbean cultures and a place where people from different parts of the Caribbean bring their cultures into contact with one another; and

(5) Resources provides suggestions for further reading.

Table of contents [PDF] | Reviews | Editors

ISBN: 9781878554123.

Published by Teaching for Change | Zinn Education Project