From Puerto Rico to Philadelphia: Puerto Rican Workers and Postwar Economies
Carmen Teresa WhalenISBN: 1566398363;
"We were poor but we had everything we needed," reminisces Dona Epifania. Nonetheless, when a man she knew told her about a job in Philadelphia, she grasped the opportunity to leave Coamas. "He went to Puerto Rico and told me there were beans to cook. I came here and cooked for fourteen workers." In San Lorenzo, Dona Carmen and her husband made the same decision: "We didn't want to, nobody wanted to leave. . . . There wasn't any alternative." Don Florencio recalls that in Salinas work had gotten scarce, "especially for the youth, the young men. . . . The farmworker that was used to cutting cane, already the sugar cane was disappearing," and government licensing regulations made fishing "more difficult for the poor." Puerto Rican migration to the mainland following World War II took place for a range of reasons?globalization of the economy, the colonial relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico, state policies, changes in regional and local economies,...
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