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Puerto Ricans, Citizenship, and Recognition

in Puerto Rican Citizen

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780226796086
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226796109 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226796109.003.0001
Puerto Ricans, Citizenship, and Recognition

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This book's narrative begins shortly after the passage of the Jones Act, tracing Puerto Rican migrants' interpretations of their United States citizenship and what it promised in terms of civic, political, and social rights. This seemed an ideal place to begin an inquiry about the political identities of the United States' first and only citizen-immigrants. This introductory chapter discusses the problem of United States citizenship for Puerto Ricans; rights, liberalism, and the problem of colonialism; and Puerto Ricans and the challenge of recognition.

Keywords: Jones Act; American citizenship; Puerto Rican immigrants; political identities; recognition

Chapter.  8784 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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