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Author Duany, Jorge, author.

Title Puerto Rico : what everyone needs to know / Jorge Duany.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2017]


Location Call No. Status
 Glastonbury, Welles-Turner Memorial Library - Adult Department  972.95 DUANY    Check Shelf
Description xiv, 189 pages ; 21 cm.
Series What everyone needs to know
What everyone needs to know.
Summary "Acquired by the United States from Spain in 1898, Puerto Rico has a peculiar status among Latin American and Caribbean countries. As a Commonwealth, the island enjoys limited autonomy over local matters, but the U.S. has dominated it militarily, politically, and economically for much of its recent history. Though they are U.S. citizens, Puerto Ricans do not have their own voting representatives in Congress and cannot vote in presidential elections (although they are able to participate in the primaries). The island's status is a topic of perennial debate, both within and beyond its shores. In recent months its colossal public debt has sparked an economic crisis that has catapulted it onto the national stage and intensified the exodus to the U.S., bringing to the fore many of the unresolved remnants of its colonial history. Puerto Rico : What Everyone Needs to Know provides a succinct, authoritative introduction to the Island's rich history, culture, politics, and economy. The book begins with a historical overview of Puerto Rico during the Spanish colonial period (1493-1898). It then focuses on the first five decades of the U.S. colonial regime, particularly its efforts to control local, political, and economic institutions as well as to 'Americanize' the Island's culture and language. Jorge Duany delves into the demographic, economic, political, and cultural features of contemporary Puerto Rico--the inner workings of the Commonwealth government and the island's relationship to the United States. Lastly, the book explores the massive population displacement that has characterized Puerto Rico since the mid-20th century. Despite their ongoing colonial dilemma, Jorge Duany argues that Puerto Ricans display a strong national identity as a Spanish-speaking, Afro-Hispanic-Caribbean nation. While a popular tourist destination, few beyond its shores are familiar with its complex history and diverse culture. Duany takes on the task of educating readers on the most important facets of the unique, troubled, but much beloved Isla del Encanto"-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [175]-178) and index.
Contents 1. Puerto Rico before 1898 -- 2. Puerto Rico under US rule, 1898-1952 -- 3. Puerto Rico as a US commonwealth since 1952 : politics and the economy -- 4. Puerto Rico as a US commonwealth since 1952 : population and culture -- 5. The Puerto Rican diaspora to the United States : history, demography, and the economy -- 6. The Puerto Rican diaspora to the United States : culture and politics.
Subject Puerto Rico -- History.
Puerto Rico -- Colonization.
Puerto Rico -- Relations -- United States.
United States -- Relations -- Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico -- Politics and government.
Cultural pluralism -- Puerto Rico.
Puerto Ricans -- Migrations.
TRAVEL -- Caribbean & West Indies.
HISTORY -- Caribbean & West Indies -- Cuba.
Colonization. (OCoLC)fst00868483
Cultural pluralism. (OCoLC)fst01715991
International relations. (OCoLC)fst00977053
Politics and government. (OCoLC)fst01919741
Puerto Ricans -- Migrations. (OCoLC)fst01083734
Puerto Rico. (OCoLC)fst01205432
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780190648701 (paperback)
0190648708 (paperback)
9780190648695 (hardcover)
0190648694 (hardcover)
9780190648718 (electronic book)
9780190648725 (electronic publication)
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