Although few people know its history, Philadelphia is the third-largest Puerto Rican community in the United States. Thousands have made el viaje, or the journey, from Puerto Rico to Philadelphia, beginning before 1898 and continuing today. Puerto Ricans came as political exiles, merchants, and workers and built vibrant everyday lives and community organizations. By the 1970s, the Puerto Rican community was strong and diverse. El Viaje is a photographic journey of Puerto Ricans in Philadelphia, and it refers to a popular local radio program.
About the Author
Carmen Teresa Whalen is an associate professor of history and the chair of the Latina/o studies program at Williams College in Massachusetts. She is affiliated with the Organization of American Historians and the Puerto
Rican Studies Association.