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Dona Licha's Island: Modern Colonialism in Puerto Rico [Hardcover]

Alfredo Lopez
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July 1, 1999 089608258X 978-0896082588
Lopez examines the history of Puerto Rico from the extermination of the native Taino population, the importation of African slaves and Spanish colonial culture, to the 1980s movements for labor, student, and women's rights, and the debates over statehood or independence.
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Lopez argues for Puerto Rican independence, but in his analysis, the people suffer from a feeling of helplessness after years of abuse, plus a disabling fear of the wrath of Uncle Sam at losing the military and industrial haven he provided. The question is whether Puerto Rico could survive independence because of the artifacts of colonialism70 percent of the population on food stamps, displacement of 45 percent into U.S. ghettos, foreign control of business, and environmental pollution. A policy to reverse the damage seems unlikelygiven the FBI's suppression of activists. This well-written investigation should be in all scholarly collections. Louise Leonard, Univ. of Florida Lib., Gainesville
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 178 pages
  • Publisher: South End Press (July 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089608258X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896082588
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,271,077 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book serves as a very good way to begin to understand the colonial realtionship that has existed (and continues to exist) between Puerto Rico and the US. The only real weakness in the book (at least in the paperback version) is the incredible number of typograhic errors throughout the text. Since I knew much of the material that the book was talking about already, I just corrected the errors in my head, but someone who doesn't can come away quite confused.
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