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Puerto Rico in the American Century: A History Since 1898

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Offer­ing a com­pre­hen­sive overview of Puer­to Rico’s his­to­ry and evo­lu­tion since the instal­la­tion of U.S. rule, Cesar Ayala and Rafael Bern­abe con­nect the island’s eco­nom­ic, polit­i­cal, cul­tur­al, and social past. Puer­to Rico in the Amer­i­can Cen­tu­ry explores Puer­to Ricans in the dias­po­ra as well as the island res­i­dents, who expe­ri­ence an unusu­al and dai­ly conun­drum: they con­sid­er them­selves a dis­tinct peo­ple but are part of the Amer­i­can polit­i­cal sys­tem; they have U.S. cit­i­zen­ship but are not rep­re­sent­ed in the U.S. Con­gress; and they live on land that is nei­ther inde­pen­dent nor part of the Unit­ed States.

High­light­ing both well-known and for­got­ten fig­ures from Puer­to Rican his­to­ry, Ayala and Bern­abe dis­cuss a wide range of top­ics, includ­ing lit­er­ary and cul­tur­al debates and social and labor strug­gles that pre­vi­ous his­to­ries have neglect­ed. Although the island’s polit­i­cal econ­o­my remains depen­dent on the Unit­ed States, the authors also dis­cuss Puer­to Rico’s sit­u­a­tion in light of world economies. Ayala and Bern­abe argue that the inabil­i­ty of Puer­to Rico to shake its colo­nial lega­cy reveals the lim­its of free-mar­ket cap­i­tal­ism, a break from which would require a renew­al of the long tra­di­tion of labor and social activism in Puer­to Rico in con­nec­tion with sim­i­lar cur­rents in the Unit­ed States.

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Offer­ing a com­pre­hen­sive overview of Puer­to Rico’s his­to­ry and evo­lu­tion since the instal­la­tion of U.S. rule, Cesar Ayala and Rafael Bern­abe con­nect the island’s eco­nom­ic, polit­i­cal, cul­tur­al, and social past. Puer­to Rico in the Amer­i­can Cen­tu­ry explores the his­to­ry of Puer­to Ricans in the dias­po­ra as well as the island res­i­dents, who expe­ri­ence an unusu­al and dai­ly conun­drum: they con­sid­er them­selves a dis­tinct peo­ple but are part of the Amer­i­can polit­i­cal sys­tem; they have U.S. cit­i­zen­ship but are not rep­re­sent­ed in the U.S. Con­gress; and they live on an island that is nei­ther inde­pen­dent nor part of the Unit­ed States. High­light­ing both well-known and for­got­ten fig­ures from Puer­to Rican his­to­ry, Ayala and Bern­abe dis­cuss a wide range of top­ics, includ­ing lit­er­ary and cul­tur­al debates and social and labor strug­gles that pre­vi­ous his­to­ries have neglect­ed.
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