Transformation: The Story of Modern Puerto Rico

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CHAPTER XX
Culture Changes and the Population Problem

BY ANY DEFINATION Puerto Rico is a crowded island, with a density of population resembling that of Japan or the United Kingdom. In 1952 its population was approximately 2,285,000, its density 668 per square mile. Kingsley Davis reports that Puerto Rico has 1,473 persons per square mile of arable land, whereas the mainland United States has only 220. "Furthermore," he goes on, "Puerto Rico depends on its agricultural land for the support of its people more heavily than does the mainland. As of 1940 it had 58.3 per cent of its occupied males in agriculture, as compared with 22.3 in continental United States. The crowded character of its agriculture can be seen from the fact that Puerto Rico has approximately 170 agriculturally employed per square mile of arable land as compared with 9.6 on the mainland."* However, in another study Davis points out that the distribution of Puerto Rico's population is changing rapidly. People are streaming from the country into the cities and are thereby contributing to the improvement of the demographic picture.

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Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, January, 1953.

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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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