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Puerto Rican Citizen : History and Political Identity in Twentieth-Century New York City / Lorrin Thomas.

Author/Creator:
Thomas, Lorrin author., Author,
Publication:
Chicago : University of Chicago Press, [2010]
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (352 p.) : 20 halftones
Series:
Historical Studies of Urban America
Contained In:
De Gruyter University Press Library.
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Subjects:
Puerto Ricans -- Economic conditions -- New York (State) -- New York.
Puerto Ricans -- Political activity -- New York (State) -- New York.
Puerto Ricans -- Politics and government -- New York (State) -- New York -- New York (State) -- New York.
Puerto Ricans -- Social conditions -- New York (State) -- New York.
Puerto Ricans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Economic conditions.
Puerto Ricans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Politics and government.
Puerto Ricans -- New York (State) -- New York -- Social conditions.
Language:
In English.
System Details:
Mode of access: Internet via World Wide Web.
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Summary:
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 City's most complex and distinctive migrant communities. In Puerto Rican Citizen, Lorrin Thomas for the first time unravels the many tensions-historical, racial, political, and economic-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 Ricans' 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, Thomas's book transforms the way we understand this community's integral role in shaping our sense of citizenship in twentieth-century America.
Contents:
Frontmatter
Contents
Acknowledgments
Introduction. Puerto Ricans, Citizenship, and Recognition
Chapter One. New Citizens of New York. Community Organization and Political Culture in the Twenties
Chapter Two. Confronting Race in the Metropole. Racial Ascription and Racial Discourse during the Depression
Chapter Three. Pursuing the Promise of the New Deal. Relief and the Politics of Nationalism in the Thirties
Chapter Four. How to Represent the Postwar Migration. The Liberal Establishment, the Puerto Rican Left, and the "Puerto Rican Problem"
Chapter Five. How to Study the Postwar Migrant. Social Science, Puerto Ricans, and Social Problems
Chapter Six. "Juan Q. Citizen," Aspirantes, and Young Lords. Youth Activism in a New World
Epilogue. From Colonial Citizen to Nuyorican
Notes
Index
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 24. Apr 2020)
Contributor:
De Gruyter.
ISBN:
9780226796109
OCLC:
655231527
Publisher Number:
10.7208/9780226796109 doi
Access Restriction:
Restricted for use by site license.