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Since 2006, the New Roots: Voices from Carolina del Norte archive has been documenting the changes in the Nuevo South by collecting stories of migration, settlement, and integration in North Carolina, a state that has faced extraordinary demographic transformations in the last 30 years. As an ongoing and permanent community research initiative, New Roots has generated over 200 audio-recorded interviews, with complementary materials: transcriptions, field notes and tape logs and produces around 20 new interviews annually.

New Roots addresses a relatively new field of migration studies in the South of the United States, which is being addressed through many different humanities disciplines, including journalism, communications, geography, history, cultural and religious studies, as well as the social sciences. These primary sources present first-hand narratives about migration, settlement and the challenges and opportunities of demographic change. New Roots provides a window into the increasingly transnational character of economic, social, cultural and race relationships in the region.

We thank the generous support of The National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Interviews are conducted by community members, staff and students at the Latino Migration Project and processed and archived with the Southern Oral History Program and the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. New Roots staff offer community oral history workshops in collaboration with grassroots and community organizations and K-12 schools.


Note about Transcripts

Transcripts are available for many of the interviews. It should be noted that transcripts vary somewhat in style and appearance because they were transcribed and edited by many different individuals over time. They are not verbatim and may have been edited, and they may contain errors.


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UNC Student Interviewers with Hannah Gill
UNC students participate in oral history workshops in Hyde County, 2019