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A Tale of Two Cities:
Santo Domingo and New York after 1950
Jesse Hoffnung-Garskof

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"[F]rom an American Studies and U.S. history perspective, this book is invaluable. It shows the extent to which students of the United States need to become experts on other nations and regions if they are to explain transnational and global processes."--Themis Chronopoulos, Americas


"Hoffnung-Garskof's A Tale of Two Cities is a stunning study of Dominican life in Santo Domingo and New York City that raises the bar for transnational-migration scholarship. A work of rigorous research and analysis along multiple lines of inquiry (imperialism, migration, modernization, urban youth culture), it also is a deeply humane book that reveals the manifold ways in which ordinary Dominicans apprehend and make their social world."--Mae M. Ngai, author of Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America

"Refreshing and convincing. Hoffnung-Garskof traces in very specific terms how the existence of transnational networks played out on both ends of the circulating stream of migration between the mid-1960s and the present. He does a very nice job in excavating the intricate ways U.S. economic and military imperialism in the Caribbean shaped Dominicans' opportunity structures and influenced their most important life choices. Truly a pleasure to read."--David G. Gutiérrez, University of California, San Diego

"A Tale of Two Cities adds an important new case study and a focus on youth culture to the growing literature that acknowledges the full circuit of migratory experiences. It is one of the best and most empirically grounded of such works."--Donna R. Gabaccia, University of Minnesota

"By using previously untapped sources of data--including oral history among barrio dwellers in Santo Domingo and migrants in New York City--this book goes well beyond previous works that focus only on demographics and socioeconomic issues. A Tale of Two Cities recreates the history of Dominican migration from the perspective of lower-class Dominicans--portraying the human face of Dominican migration while still keeping track of the big picture."--Ernesto Sagás, Southern New Hampshire University

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