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This ready reference guide to more than 500 years of political, social, economic, and cultural development in Puerto Rico fills a conspicuous information gap. It rectifies what has been to date a lack of easily accessible, accurate, and relevant information in English about Puerto Rico and its 3.6 million inhabitants. From African roots to El Yunque (Puerto Rico's tropical rain forest), this encyclopedia offers nearly 300 substantive entries on important people, places, events, social and political issues, legislation, movements and organizations, and terms and concepts. Entries underscore the history, achievements, and creations of the Puerto Rican people. Each entry concludes with a short list of suggested reading for further information. A selection of photos enhances the text.

Included are biographical entries on historical figures and political leaders, as well as poets, novelists, painters, musicians, and artists who have contributed to Puerto Rican culture. Entries on events crucial to the development of Puerto Rico and its relationship to the United States over the last one hundred years, including its political status, will help the reader to understand the complex nature of the ties that bind the United States and Puerto Rico. Also included are entries devoted to individuals or events that have heretofore received little attention in Puerto Rican history, such as the feminism movement. The authors, faculty members at the Center for Caribbean Studies at Central Connecticut State University, are specialists in the history and culture of Puerto Rico. The encyclopedia belongs on the shelves of every school and public library that has ever fielded a question on Puerto Rico.

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VOYA - Nancy Thackaberry
According to the 1998 World Almanac, the Puerto Rican population in the United States has increased 35.4% from 1980 to 1990, yet biographies about actor Ra£l Julia and baseball player Roberto Clemente are the best I have to offer my students about famous Puerto Ricans. The authors of this reference book, written specifically for American readers, have captured the Puerto Rican culture in one volume that can fill a big gap in a small collection. Along with biographical entries, included are colloquial and political terms and groups, court decisions, buildings, and other items of Puerto Rican cultural and historical developments. Each entry is approximately one page. Boldfaced terms within the text indicate a separate entry for that term. The entry for Ra£l Julia fails to mention that he received three nominations for Tony awards, while the entry about Roberto Clemente does not include his season with the Montreal Royals or that he had a bout with malaria or typhoid in 1965. Actress Rita Moreno is not included at all. Although the book is not complete in details, the strengths of the book lie in its suggested readings in English and Spanish that follow each entry and its conciseness. Index. Photos. Biblio. Further Reading. Chronology.
Alleviating the general dearth of information in English about the Caribbean island under US control, offers nearly 300 entries on people, places, events, art and architecture, literature, social and political issues, legislation, movements and organizations, and terms and concepts. Includes a 25-page introduction, a chronology, cross- references, article-specific lists of suggested reading, and a few black-and-white photographs. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313298226
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 408
  • Sales rank: 1,094,585
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

RONALD FERNANDEZ is Professor of Sociology at Central Connecticut State University.

SERAFIN MENDEZ MENDEZ is Associate Professor of Communication at Central Connecticut State University.

GAIL CUETO is Assistant Professor of Education at Central Connecticut State University.

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Table of Contents



List of Illustrations

The Encyclopedia

Conceptual Chart of Topics


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