The Emigration Dialectic: Puerto Rico and the U.S.A

By Manuel Maldonado-Denis | Go to book overview

PROLOGUE TO THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDITION *

Four years have elapsed since this work first appeared in Spanish. During that time, Puerto Rican political events have taken place with dizzying speed. The deepening structural crisis that United States monopoly capital is now suffering has had such a profound and powerful impact on Puerto Rican social formation that our people appear to be sinking more and more into abject dependency. It is sufficient to read the annual reports submitted by the Planning Board to the Colonial Governor of Puerto Rico during the last four years to verify this fact. In addition, President Carter requested an inter-agency study of Puerto Rico's economic situation from his Secretary of Commerce, Dr. Juanita Kreps. What is known of this report up until now indicates that the Puerto Rican economy is in a state of extreme prostration and that Puerto Rico only survives thanks to the massive transfusions of funds from the United States Federal Government. The immediate effect of these transfusions has been to foster and at the same time reinforce the attitudes of dependency and submission, that have served as the principal bases for the process of hegemonization which U.S. troops imposed in Puerto Rico from the very moment of their arrival on the island in 1898. This phenomenon has profound psychological roots and is not likely to disappear since it goes hand in hand with the creation of a material base for the plan to annex Puerto Rico to the United States as another state of the North American union. If we are to adhere faithfully to the postulates of historical materialism, we cannot avoid a fact of profound historical-social significance: almost fifty percent of the Puerto Rican labor force finds itself outside of the productive process. In order, therefore, to place the Puerto Rican economy on its feet again, we would need the powers denied us by our

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This book was published almost simultaneously by Siglo XXI in Mexico, with the title Puerto Rico y Estados Unidos: Emigracion y Colonialismo ( 1976) and by Casa de las Americas in Cuba with the title En las entranas: un analisis sociohistorico de la emigración puertorriqueña (winner of the Casa de las Americas Essay Award, 1976).

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page 3
  • Translator's Note 6
  • Contents 7
  • List of Tables 9
  • Preface 11
  • Prologue to the English Language Edition 13
  • 1 - Mode of Production And Emigration 27
  • 2 - Emigration And Neo-Malthusianism 47
  • 3 - A Brief Retrospective 59
  • 4 - The Great Metropolis 69
  • 5 - The Agricultural Emigrants 83
  • 6 - The Problem Of Cultural Assimilation 95
  • 7 - Those Who Return 117
  • Final Observations 129
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