Puerto Rico in the American Century A History Since 1898

ISBN-10: 0807859540
ISBN-13: 9780807859544
Edition: 2009
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $27.50
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 2/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.672
Language: English

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 Centuryexplores 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.

Acknowledgment
Abbreviations
Introduction
1898-Background and Immediate Consequence
Reshaping Puerto Rico's Economy, 1898-1934
Political and Social Struggles in a New Colonial Context, 1900-1930
Americanization and Its Discontents, 1898-1929
Economic Depression and Political Crisis: The Turbulent Thirties
Cultural Debates in an Epoch of Crisis: National Interpretations in the Thirties
Turning Point in the Forties: Rise of the Partido Popular Democr�tico
Birth of the Estado Libre Asociado
Transformation and Relocation: Puerto Rico's Operation Bootstrap
Politics and Culture in the Epoch of PPD Hegemony
PPD Hegemony Undermined: From Mobilization to Recessuibm 1960-1975
Rethinking the Past, Betting on the Future: Cultural Debates from the Sixties to the Eighties
Economic Stagnation and Political Deadlock, 1976-1992
Politics and Social Conflict in the Epoch of Neoliberalism, 1992-2004
Neonationalism, Postmodernism, and Other Debates
Conclusion
Notes
Bibliographical Essay
Indix

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