American politicians, and Americans themselves, refer to the United States as “a nation of immigrants”—a place where everyone’s family has, at some point, chosen to come to seek freedom or a better life. America has maintained that self-imagethrough the forced migration of millions of African slaves, restrictive immigration laws based on fears of “inferior” races, and nativist movements that encouraged immigrants to assimilate or simply leave. It’s impossible to understand America today without knowing who’s been kept out, who’s been let in, and how they’ve been treated once they arrive. These 37 maps convey the hidden diversity of America’s immigrants.
Founded in 2009 by BAFTA and MOBO award-winning UK hip-hop artist Akala, The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company (THSC) is a music theatre production company aimed at exploring the social, cultural, and linguistic parallels between the works of William Shakespeare and that of modern-day hip-hop artists.