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Porto Rico and its problems, Hardcover – January 1, 1930


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  • Hardcover: 707 pages
  • Publisher: The Brookings institution (1930)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000859ZBW
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,756,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Theseus on November 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a facsimile reprint from Arno Press.

This book was released in 1930 by the Brookings Institution. Arno reprinted it in 1975 as part of its The Puerto Rican Experience series of over 30 books which constitute one of the most vital and diverse compilations of Puerto Rican and Puerto Rican-American history, sociology, ethnography, language ever assembled.

Lead author Victor S. Clark and his co-writers produced a large and substantive piece of work here. Intially designed as a means to spur constructive ideas to address Puerto Rico's "persistent economic difficulties," it actually turned out to be the most complete portrait of Puerto Rican economics, Puerto Rican government, and Puerto Rican life of its time.

Clark and his collabortors deserve praise for the manner in which they have organized what could have been a rather tiresome accumulation of data! And some of the most fascinating material appears in the appendices.

Anyway, this is a big one. Hardcover, orange and blue cloth over boards. 707 pp. 2.75 pounds. Illustrated: about 30 b&w photos, some maps, charts, tables. 8 Appendices. Index.

TABLE OF CONTENTS HIGHLIGHTS
The Island and Its Resources

Workers in Country and in Town
Public Health
Education

Government Organization
Public Expenditure and Revenue
Taxation
Financial Control
Public Debt

Public Works
Banking and Credit Facilities
External Trade
Manufactures
Agriculture
Economic Betterment

Appendices
- The Porto Rican Peasant and His Historical Antecedents (6 pp)
- Plantation Employment and Wage Data (38 pp)
- External Trade and Financial Accounts (5 pp)
- Data on External Trade (22 pp)
- The Sugar Industry (7 pp)
- General Survey of a Farm -- "La Esperensa" (36 pp)
- Farm Management: Coffee (5 pp)
- Farm Management: Tobacco (20 pp)
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