Offers an impassioned, information-packed presentation of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States.
Puerto Ricans in the United States begins by presenting Puerto Rico—the land, the people, and the culture. The island's invasion by U.S. forces in 1898 set the stage for our intertwined relationship to the present day. Pérez y González brings to life important historical events leading to immigration to the United States, particularly to the large northeastern cities, such as New York. The narrative highlights Puerto Ricans' adjustment and adaptation in this country through the media, institutions, language, and culture. A wealth of information is given on socioeconomic status, including demographics, employment, education opportunities, and poverty and public assistance. The discussions on the struggles of this group for affordable housing, issues of women and children, particular obstacles to obtaining appropriate health care, including the epidemic of AIDS, and race relations are especially insightful. The final chapter on Puerto Ricans' impact on U.S. society highlights their positive contributions in a wide range of fields.
Series Foreword Introduction Boriquén Becomes Puerto Rico Puerto Rican Culture The American Encounter and Beyond Adjustment and Adaptation in the United States The Socioeconomic Status of Stateside Puerto Ricans The Struggles and Heroics of a People Racial and Ethnic Relations The Impact of Puerto Ricans on American Society Appendix Bibliography Index
Reviews This competent review and introduction to Puerto Ricans includes a portfolio of photographs of prominent individuals and their achievements, largely in the US. Although Perez y Gonzalez does not neglect the complex issue of the political status of Puerto Rico....she subordinates this to the overview of an evolving Puerto Rican experience in the US. And she succeeds well....Highly recommended for all general and undergraduate collections.—Choice
...provide useful information and an interesting, readable introduction to the topic.—ARBA