Ismael García-Colón

in Land Reform in Puerto Rico

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780813033631
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038476 | DOI:

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This chapter presents an analysis of the impact the Agregado Resettlement Program had in contemporary Puerto Rico. It is stated that landless workers' lives were transformed through the Agregado Resettlement Program. However, the process of change unfolded in a different way from what Popular Democratic Party (PPD) and New Deal figures — government officials, politicians, and intellectuals — expected to occur. The parcelas, through conceived of as part of land reform, became a new model of urbanization, a particular form of organizing urban space. Land resettlement, state formation, and the transformation of subjectivity also brought change to the political sphere. The landless past described in this book is unknown to many of the new generations of Puerto Ricans, but vividly remembered by the first parcela settlers.

Keywords: Agregado Resettlement Program; Puerto Rico; landless workers; Popular Democratic Party; New Deal; parcelas; urbanization; land resettlement

Chapter.  2598 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Society and Culture

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