Our Landless Patria: Marginal Citizenship and Race in Caguas, Puerto Rico, 1880-1910

Our Landless Patria: Marginal Citizenship and Race in Caguas, Puerto Rico, 1880-1910

by Rosa E. Carrasquillo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0803215371

ISBN-13: 9780803215375

Pub. Date: 04/28/2006

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press

Our Landless Patria examines issues of race and citizenship in Puerto Rico, tracing how the process of land privatization accelerated a series of struggles for natural resources between the poorest sectors of society and the landed elite. The laws of privatization favored the landed elite and barred former slaves and their descendants from obtaining a formal title to…  See more details below

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Our Landless Patria examines issues of race and citizenship in Puerto Rico, tracing how the process of land privatization accelerated a series of struggles for natural resources between the poorest sectors of society and the landed elite. The laws of privatization favored the landed elite and barred former slaves and their descendants from obtaining a formal title to a piece of land. In response, people of color developed an alternative citizenship that validated their livelihood, putting in motion a series of civil claims that protected people's mobility rights and their access to land. However, the rural poor's claims for a more egalitarian society, or what Rosa E. Carrasquillo calls "marginal citizenship," could not successfully transform the political exclusion of the racially mixed population because of its heavy borrowing from the Spanish legal system. In particular, marginal citizenship adopted patriarchy as a model to regulate social relations at home, failing to address gender inequalities and perpetuating class differences.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803215375
Publisher:
University of Nebraska Press
Publication date:
04/28/2006
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : no ground to rest
1Mapping Caguas, mapping the country : the political and economic bases of citizenship1
2From crown to citizen : local politics and centralization22
3In the face of inequality : land privatization and racial hierarchies40
4Stepping towards liberation : defense of mobility rights and race66
5Marginal but not equal : gender and citizenship90
Conclusion : toward an inclusive citizenship113
App. AComparison of farm sizes in the barrios of Caguas, 1880-1900119
App. BLand distribution by farm size in Caguas, 1880-1910121
App. CMunicipal government of Caguas, 1880-1903123
App. DOrdinance for the comisarios of Caguas's rural barrios129
App. ELove letters131
App. FLove letters133

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