City of Boston, “Imagine All the People: Jamaicans in Boston”
New Bostonians Series, 2016. From the report: “There have been three significant waves of Jamaican immigration to the United States since the beginning of the twentieth century. The first occurred between 1900 and 1924—when the National Origins Act severely restricted immigration to the U.S. Caribbean immigration to the United States would plummet from 10,630 in 1924 to 321 the following year.
The second wave picked up steam during World War II: starting in 1943, migrant workers were brought in to help with the U.S. war effort by working in agriculture. At first, a majority of migrants were directed to Florida, but many would relocate to other states. Many tobacco workers who were working in Connecticut chose to move to Boston and New York.”