Employment announcement. “Few of the young men on board have any idea what they will do, but they all seem driven by a genuine spirit of adventure. They know that New York is a busy place where other young Puerto Ricans have found work, and they plan to do the same. […] He told me that he looked for work in Puerto Rico and didn’t find any open doors. He hopes to have better luck in the United States. Another is going because he’s been invited by a friend who was already faring well in the big city, but he doesn’t know if the help his friend has promised means a job. His friend says that it’s easy to find a job if you know Spanish and English. I don’t know a lot of English,” he tells me, “because in San German there are few opportunities to practice it, but I’m going anyway, damn it! God will protect me’.”[p.69] Huyke, Juan B . “Those Who Leave. (Aboard the S.S. Ponce)”, Estimulos [Words of Encouragement] in Divided Arrival: Narratives of the Puerto Rican Migration 1920-1950. (1998). Ed. Juan Flores. 2nd Edition. New York: Centro de Estudios Puertorriqueños, Hunter College of the City University of New York.
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