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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: 0803220707

ISBN-13: 9780803220706

Pub. Date: 12/01/2008

Publisher: UNP - Nebraska Paperback


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

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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.

Our Landless Patria deciphers the late nineteenth-century structure of power in the Spanish colonial state at the local level and illuminates the way ordinary people experienced day-to-day relations of power. Carrasquillo's analysis makes a strong case that the poorest sector of rural society provided the fertile ground in which a civic consciousness developed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803220706
Publisher:
UNP - Nebraska Paperback
Publication date:
12/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
1,027,761
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations     viii
Acknowledgments     xi
Introduction: No Ground to Rest     xiii
Mapping Caguas, Mapping the Country: The Political and Economic Bases of Citizenship     1
From Crown to Citizen: Local Politics and Centralization     22
In the Face of Inequality: Land Privatization and Racial Hierarchies     40
Stepping toward Liberation: Defense of Mobility Rights and Race     66
Marginal but Not Equal: Gender and Citizenship     90
Conclusion: Toward an Inclusive Citizenship     113
Comparison of Farm Sizes in the Barrios of Caguas, 1880-1900     119
Land Distribution by Farm Size in Caguas, 1880-1910     121
Municipal Government of Caguas, 1880-1903     123
Ordinance for the Comisarios of Caguas's Rural Barrios     129
Love Letters     131
Love Letters     133
Notes     135
Bibliography     181
Index     197

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