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In Search of America's Identity

The role of immigration in Hartford, Conn.

Andrew Walsh, associate director of Trinity College’s Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life and a former Hartford Courant reporter, is an expert on Hartford immigration. He kindly took us around his city, reiterating a theme we’ve encountered before: immigrants are vital to the comeback of communities. Walsh has seen the meteoric rise of Jamaican immigrants to positions of success as well as the developing entrepreneurship of Vietnamese and Puerto Rican newcomers. In this video, Walsh brings us to El Mercado, a Latino supermarket on Park Street with offerings from, among others, the Mexican, Dominican and Peruvian communities. He describes the role immigration plays in Hartford’s future.

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