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Rethinking the Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights

October 5, 2019 @ 3:00 pm 5:00 pm

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Rethinking the Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights offers a reexamination of the history of Puerto Ricans’ political and social activism in the United States in the twentieth century. Their presentation would consist of a discussion of the book in conversation with Johnny Irizarry, the director of La Casa Latina at the University of Pennyslvania

Authors Lorrin Thomas and Aldo A. Lauria Santiago survey the ways in which Puerto Ricans worked within the United States to create communities for themselves and their compatriots in times and places where dark-skinned or ‘foreign’ Americans were often unwelcome. The authors argue that the energetic Puerto Rican rights movement which rose to prominence in the late 1960s was built on a foundation of civil rights activism beginning much earlier in the century. The text contextualizes Puerto Rican activism within the broader context of twentieth-century civil rights movements, while emphasizing the characteristics and goals unique to the Puerto Rican experience. Lucid and insightful, Rethinking the Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights provides a much-needed introduction to a lesser-known but critically important social and political movement.

The authors argue that the energetic Puerto Rican rights movement which rose to prominence in the late 1960s was built on a foundation of civil rights activism beginning much earlier in the century. The text contextualizes Puerto Rican activism within the broader context of twentieth-century civil rights movements, while emphasizing the characteristics and goals unique to the Puerto Rican experience. Lucid and insightful, Rethinking the Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights provides a much-needed introduction to a lesser-known but critically important social and political movement.

Lorrin Thomas’s research explores ideas about rights and equality in the twentieth century Americas. Her first book, Puerto Rican Citizen: History and Political Identity in Twentieth Century New York City (University of Chicago Press, 2010; winner, Saloutos prize of the Immigration and Ethnic History Society of the OAH and honorable mention, Casa de las Américas prize), traces the complex meanings of citizenship for Puerto Ricans in the United States

Professor Thomas teaches courses on Latin American and Caribbean history and the history of the Americas, including courses on U.S. and Latin American relations and on race and ethnicity in the Americas, as well as a historical methods course on Guatemala in the Cold War. She is also chair of the History Department at Rutgers University –

Aldo Lauria Santiago works as a Professor in the Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies and the Department of History at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. He is a historian of Central America, Mexico, the Caribbean and Latinos in the US. He specializes in peasant and working class history, revolution, ethnicity and race. He received a Ph.D. from The University of Chicago and a MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from NYU. He trained as a Mexicanist at The University of Chicago but began his career as a historian of El Salvador. 

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Rethinking the Struggle for Puerto Rican Rights

Traces the complex meanings of citizenship for Puerto Ricans in the United States

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