“Non-Resident Persons”

Mérida M. Rúa

in A Grounded Identidad

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199760268
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950256 | DOI:
“Non-Resident Persons”

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The chapter explores controversies in Chicago in 1954 over Puerto Ricans’ rights to social services and their mass arrest after an armed attack in DC by Puerto Rican Nationalist Party members. Puerto Ricans in Chicago were constructed as an internal threat, seen not only as a drain on public resources but also as terrorists. In their struggle to cast off this damaging stereotype, while also formulating a more accurate image of themselves and their associations with other “Spanish-speaking” communities, Puerto Ricans learned to negotiate the racial landscape of the city as well as the limitations of their US citizenship.

Keywords: citizenship; Puerto Rican Nationalists; terrorism; social services; public resources

Chapter.  8440 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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