“The ‘Puerto Rican Drawback’ in Postwar New York Metropolis” – •

The “Puerto Rican Drawback” in Postwar New York Metropolis, by Edgardo Meléndez, will likely be printed by Rutgers College Press in November 2022.

Description: The “Puerto-Rican Drawback” in Postwar New York Metropolis presents the primary complete examination of the emergence, evolution, and penalties of the “Puerto Rican drawback” marketing campaign and narrative in New York Metropolis from 1945 to 1960. This notion originated in an intense public marketing campaign that arose in response to the entry of Puerto Rican migrants to town after 1945. The “drawback” narrative influenced their incorporation in New York Metropolis and different areas of the US the place they settled. The anti-Puerto Rican marketing campaign led to the formulation of public insurance policies by the governments of Puerto Rico and New York Metropolis looking for to ease their incorporation within the metropolis. Notions intrinsic to this narrative later entered American academia (just like the “tradition of poverty”) and American common tradition (e.g., West Aspect Story), which reproduced most of the stereotypes related to Puerto Ricans at the moment and formed the best way through which Puerto Ricans had been studied and perceived by Individuals.


“Meticulously researched and politically savvy, Edgardo Meléndez illuminates how the mainstream U.S. press, authorities companies, academia, and public opinion mistreated the Puerto Rican exodus after 1945. A extremely readable, insightful, and thought-provoking evaluation.”  –Jorge Duany (creator of Puerto Rico: What Everybody Must Know)

“The primary in-depth examine of the origins, ingrained biases, and stereotypes of the ‘Puerto Rican drawback’ discourses propagated in many of the early post-World Struggle II mass migration analysis concerning the Puerto Rican neighborhood. An impressive and indispensable addition to Puerto Rican migration research.”  –Edna Acosta-Belén (Distinguished Professor Emerita, College at Albany, SUNY)

EDGARDO MELÉNDEZ is a retired professor from the division of political science on the College of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras and the division of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino research at Hunter Faculty. His newest books are Patria: Puerto Rican Exiles in Late Nineteenth Century New York Metropolis, and Sponsored Migration: The State and Postwar Puerto Rican Migration to the US.

For extra info, see https://www.rutgersuniversitypress.org/bucknell/the-puerto-rican-problem-in-postwar-new-york-city/9781978831469


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