Transformation: The Story of Modern Puerto Rico

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CHAPTER XIX
Civic Employment

WHEN DR. RAFAEL PICÓ, in 1954, attended the international conference on housing in New Delhi, he and his exhibits aroused great interest among the delegates from India and other underdeveloped countries of southeastern Asia. The Germans, the British, and other advanced nations had much to say and show about low-cost housing for the people. The architectural design may have been better than was that displayed by the Puerto Ricans. Their methods of construction may have been technically more efficient than those used on the island. But the new Puerto Rican rural homes, built under the government's resettlement program, cost only three hundred dollars and were therefore within the financial range of people living in underdeveloped lands. The social techniques used in Puerto Rico for constructing those houses were studied eagerly by all the conference delegates. Indians and several other delegates asked Dr. Picó to arrange to send Puerto Rican technicians to various countries in Africa and Asia for the purpose of spreading those techniques.

The one aspect of the Puerto Rican effort which most interests the Point IV observers who go to the island is the program of civic employment which was listed by Governor Muñoz

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Right Shall Again Prevail v
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword xv
  • Chapter I - Transformation 1
  • Chapter II - The Colony 21
  • Chapter III - The Anguish of Colonialism 40
  • Chapter IV - Colonialism Bankrupt 61
  • Chapter V - Tragic Lunacy 77
  • Chapter VI - Growth of a Leader 94
  • Chapter VII - Lobbyist 116
  • Chapter VIII - Reconstruction 135
  • Chapter IX - Disintegration 152
  • Chapter X - 1940 172
  • Chapter XI - Tugwell 190
  • Chapter XIII - Neither Radical nor Conservative 227
  • Chapter XV - Power and Industry 266
  • Chapter XVI - The Tourist Industry 284
  • Chapter XVII - Public Health 300
  • Chapter XVIII - Education 317
  • Chapter XIX - Civic Employment 336
  • Chapter XX - Culture Changes and The Population Problem 351
  • Chapter XXI - Migration 366
  • Chapter XXII - Where Now? 382
  • Index 405
  • About the Author 417
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