Chapter

Confronting Race in the Metropole

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/9780226796109.003.0003
Confronting Race in the Metropole

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Puerto Ricans were the fastest-growing group of foreign workers in New York's collapsing economy, and felt the deprivations of the Depression earlier and more keenly than most, but the Depression alone was not to blame. Demographic change had contributed substantially to the growing anti-Puerto Rican prejudice. Following the passage of the restrictive immigration laws of the 1920s, which did not limit immigration from the Western Hemisphere, Puerto Ricans and West Indians were beginning to stand out as the only groups of foreigners whose numbers continued to expand rapidly in New York City. Together with African Americans fleeing the violence and economic stagnation of the South, these largely impoverished migrants took up residence in the city, which was experiencing, more than any other place, the social and political impact of restrictionist immigration policies that had radically reduced the number of European immigrants entering the United States by 1925.

Keywords: Puerto Rican migrants; demographics; New York City; prejudice; immigration policy

Chapter.  14730 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of the Americas

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