Puerto Rico in the American Century: A History since 1898 / Edition 1

Puerto Rico in the American Century: A History since 1898 / Edition 1

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Puerto Rico in the American Century: A History since 1898 / Edition 1

Offering a comprehensive overview of Puerto Rico's history and evolution since the installation of U.S. rule, Cesar Ayala and Rafael Bernabe connect the island's economic, political, cultural, and social past. Puerto Rico in the American Century explores Puerto Ricans in the diaspora as well as the island residents, who experience an unusual and daily conundrum: they consider themselves a distinct people but are part of the American political system; they have U.S. citizenship but are not represented in the U.S. Congress; and they live on land that is neither independent nor part of the United States.

Highlighting both well-known and forgotten figures from Puerto Rican history, Ayala and Bernabe discuss a wide range of topics, including literary and cultural debates and social and labor struggles that previous histories have neglected. Although the island's political economy remains dependent on the United States, the authors also discuss Puerto Rico's situation in light of world economies. Ayala and Bernabe argue that the inability of Puerto Rico to shake its colonial legacy reveals the limits of free-market capitalism, a break from which would require a renewal of the long tradition of labor and social activism in Puerto Rico in connection with similar currents in the United States.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807831137
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date: 09/03/2007
Edition description: 1
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.30(d)

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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