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Gabriella GardziolaFollow

Major

History

Anticipated Graduation Year

May 2020

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Open Access

Abstract

Immigration has been a topic drawing a lot of attention within the last few years, especially those from Central America. Attention brought to the Latin American region has been focused on the violence perpetrated by gangs and other groups. But what led the region to where it is now? The drive of immigration from Guatemala in the last few decades is not a new development nor did it happen suddenly. Centuries of history and influence from the forces around it led Guatemalan migration to where it is now. The conditions for the wave of Guatemala immigration during the later part of the twentieth century did not emerge in those decades but had been festering through history and different aspects of society like social and race relations, land, the economy, violence, and the effects of US interventions.

Faculty Mentors & Instructors

Prof. Benjamin Johnson

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The Historic Foundations of Recent Guatemalan Migration and How They are Connected

Immigration has been a topic drawing a lot of attention within the last few years, especially those from Central America. Attention brought to the Latin American region has been focused on the violence perpetrated by gangs and other groups. But what led the region to where it is now? The drive of immigration from Guatemala in the last few decades is not a new development nor did it happen suddenly. Centuries of history and influence from the forces around it led Guatemalan migration to where it is now. The conditions for the wave of Guatemala immigration during the later part of the twentieth century did not emerge in those decades but had been festering through history and different aspects of society like social and race relations, land, the economy, violence, and the effects of US interventions.