Puerto Rican New Yorkers: Workers, Unions and
Politics in the Struggle for a Better Life, 1910s-1960s

The research presented in these blog entries represents an advance on various books that I have been working on for the last decade. When I embarked on this project on the history of Puerto Ricans in New York as workers I knew that a traditional labor history approach would not suffice. But I did not understand how the stories and “data points” I encountered would become so rich and complex, requiring many different skills and questions ranging from urban, cultural, social, economic, political and migration history. I also learned how many pieces of the history of our community remained poorly understood even though hundreds of research reports, theses and other pieces of work had accumulated over the years. More...


Puerto Rican Labor

Clashes between African-American and white youth, and later, between African-Americans...
Perhaps the best-known Puerto Rican riot (or barrio revolt) did not take place in New...
Police abuse was again the immediate motivation behind the July 1967 riot in East Harlem...
Coney Island experienced a protracted conflict during July 1968. Starting on the 19 th...
The following year it was the Puerto Rican blocks of the Lower East Side that erupted at...

Puerto Rican Labor

Aldo Lauria Santiago

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Books
To Rise in Darkness
Landscapes of Struggle
Una República Agraria
An Agrarian Republic
Identity and Struggle at the Margins of the Nation-State
The Social-Historical Construction of Repression in El Salvador

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