Puerto Rican Citizen

Puerto Rican Citizen

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By the end of the 1920s, just ten years after the Jones Act first made them full-fledged Americans, more than 45, 000 native Puerto Ricans had left their homes and entered the United States, citizenship papers in hand, forming one of New York Citya€™s most complex and distinctive migrant communities. In Puerto Rican Citizen, Lorrin Thomas for the first time unravels the many tensionsa€”historical, racial, political, and economica€”that defined the experience of this group of American citizens before and after World War II. Building its incisive narrative from a wide range of archival sources, interviews, and first-person accounts of Puerto Rican life in New York, this book illuminates the rich history of a group that is still largely invisible to many scholars. At the center of Puerto Rican Citizen are Puerto Ricansa€™ own formulations about political identity, the responses of activists and ordinary migrants to the failed promises of American citizenship, and their expectations of how the American state should address those failures. Complicating our understanding of the discontents of modern liberalism, of race relations beyond black and white, and of the diverse conceptions of rights and identity in American life, Thomasa€™s book transforms the way we understand this communitya€™s integral role in shaping our sense of citizenship in twentieth-century America.13, 1925, 4; Maximiano RAsos RAsos, a€œTribuna libre: La escuela de la soledad, a€ La Prensa, Apr. 27, 1925, 8. 48. ... girlsa€ who were employed in workshops, factories, and shops in New York and who a€œearn a living honorably by manual labor. ... box 79, folder 6; Chenault, Puerto Rican Migrant, 152; and WPA Federal Writersa#39; Project, a€œPuerto Rican Colony in N.Y., a€ Spanish Book, WPA files, reel 269, folder 9.

Title:Puerto Rican Citizen
Author: Lorrin Thomas
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2010-06-15

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