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Puerto Rican Citizen: History and Political Identity in Twentieth-Century New York City

Lorrin Thomas


By the end of the 1920s, just ten years after the Jones Act first made them full-fledged Americans, more than 45,000 native Puerto Ricans had left their homes and entered the United States, citizenship papers in hand, forming one of New York City's most complex and unique migrant communities. This book unravels the many tensions—historical, racial, political, and economic—that defined the experience of this group of American citizens before and after World War II. Building its incisive narrative from a wide range of archival sources, interviews, and first-person accounts of Puerto Rican life i ... More

Keywords: Jones Act, Puerto Ricans, United States, New York City, migrant communities, American citizenship

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780226796086
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226796109.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lorrin Thomas, author