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Overview

Offering a comprehensive overview of Puerto Rico's history and evolution since the installation of U.S. rule, Ayala and Bernabe connect the island's economic, political, cultural, and social past of residents of the island as well as the many Puerto Ricans in the diaspora. The authors discuss a wide range of topics, including literary and cultural debates and social and labor struggles that previous histories have neglected. Ayala and Bernabe argue that the inability of Puerto Rico to shake its colonial legacy reveals the limits of free-market capitalism.

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Editorial Reviews

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"An admirable history of Puerto Rico. . . . This book is the standard against which any other about twentieth-century Puerto Rico will be judged."—New West Indian Guide

"This book goes far to provide the information and analysis necessary to resolve the short shrift that Puerto Rico and its people have received in histories of Latin America and of the United States."—The Americas

"Not only an excellent introduction to the island for the nonexpert but it is also of value to scholars who are searching for new topics to research on Puerto Rican history and the Puerto Rican diaspora. . . . An excellent contribution to the general history of Puerto Rico during the twentieth century."—Hispanic American Historical Review

"A comprehensive historical picture of political developments in the island. . . . By taking the courageous step of restoring economic dependence and its social consequences to the heart of the argument for autonomy—and, in effect, pitting it against mor

"Indispensable."—Edgardo Rodriguez Julia, Primera Revista Latinoamerican de Libros

"An exciting . . . volume that stimulates as well as informs; students and scholars on all levels will find much to discuss. . . . Highly recommended."—CHOICE

"Politics, economics and culture are in constant dialogue within the narrative . . . providing a complex and at many points refreshing perspective of Puerto Rican history."—Against the Current

"Academics, students, and general readers will find this book a helpful tool to probe the intricacies of Puerto Rican history. . . . A provocative. . . . [and] landmark work."—Pedro San Miguel, Centro: Journal of the Center for Puerto Rican Studies

"A comprehensive overview of Puerto Rico's history and its evolution since the installation of U.S. rule."—RepeatingIslands.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807831137
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 9/3/2007
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Cesar J. Ayala is associate professor of sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of American Sugar Kingdom: The Plantation Economy of the Spanish Caribbean, 1898-1934.

Rafael Bernabe is professor and director of the Federico de On's Hispanic Studies Center at the University of Puerto Rico at R'o Piedras. He has published three books in Puerto Rico.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     xiii
Abbreviations     xv
Introduction     1
1898-Background and Immediate Consequences     14
Reshaping Puerto Rico's Economy, 1898-1934     33
Political and Social Struggles in a New Colonial Context, 1900-1930     52
Americanization and Its Discontents, 1898-1929     74
Economic Depression and Political Crisis: The Turbulent Thirties     95
Cultural Debates in an Epoch of Crisis: National Interpretations in the Thirties     117
Turning Point in the Forties: Rise of the Partido Popular Democratico     136
Birth of the Estado Libre Asociado     162
Transformation and Relocation: Puerto Rico's Operation Bootstrap     179
Politics and Culture in the Epoch of PPD Hegemony     201
PPD Hegemony Undermined: From Mobilization to Recession, 1960-1975     223
Rethinking the Past, Betting on the Future: Cultural Debates from the Sixties to the Eighties     247
Economic Stagnation and Political Deadlock, 1976-1992     267
Politics and Social Conflict in the Epoch of Neoliberalism, 1992-2004     291
Neonationalism, Postmodernism, and Other Debates     316
Conclusion     335
Notes     343
Bibliographical Essay     383
Index     399
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