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Rethinking the Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights

ISBN 9781315165981
Published September 29, 2017 by Routledge
220 Pages

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Book Description

Rethinking the Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights offers a reexamination of the history of Puerto Ricans’ political and social activism in the United States in the twentieth century. Authors Lorrin Thomas and Aldo A. Lauria Santiago survey the ways in which Puerto Ricans worked within the United States to create communities for themselves and their compatriots in times and places where dark-skinned or ‘foreign’ Americans were often unwelcome. The authors argue that the energetic Puerto Rican rights movement which rose to prominence in the late 1960s was built on a foundation of civil rights activism beginning much earlier in the century. The text contextualizes Puerto Rican activism within the broader context of twentieth-century civil rights movements, while emphasizing the characteristics and goals unique to the Puerto Rican experience. Lucid and insightful, Rethinking the Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights provides a much-needed introduction to a lesser-known but critically important social and political movement.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1 – Mass Migration and New Migrant Communities in the Postwar Decade, 1945-1955

Chapter 2 – "The Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights" 1955-1965

Chapter 3 – Mass Mobilizations for Social Justice, 1966-1973

Chapter 4 – Civil Rights in the Activist Decade, 1974-1980

Chapter 5 – Dispersion and Momentum Since 1980



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Lorrin Thomas is associate professor of History at Rutgers University – Camden.

Aldo A. Lauria Santiago is professor of Latino and Caribbean Studies and History at Rutgers University – New Brunswick.