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Puerto Rican American History, Life & Values

(see also Puerto Rico, Puerto Rican Lives & Puerto Rican American Movements)

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On the Web: Articles

On the Web: Specialized Sites

Lationo/a Education Network Service.

Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund

Puerto Rican American Institute

Puerto Rico and the American dream

Puerto Ricans:: Our American Story

In the Library: Articles

Bourgois, Philippe. "From Jíbaro to crack dealer: confronting the restructuring of capitalism in El Barrio," in J. Schneider & R. Rapp (eds.) Articulating Hidden Histories: Exploring the Influence of Eric R. Wolf (Berkeley: U. California, 1995).

Estades Font, María E. "Las conferencias del Lago Mohonk (1883-1916): propuestas para la americanización de indios norteamericanos y puertorriqueños," Revista Mexicana del Caribe 2 (1999).

Harvey, Miles. “The bad guy,” Mother Jones (3-4/03):32-35.

Lassallew, Yvonne M. & Marvette Pérez. "'Virtually' Puerto Rican: 'Dis'-locating Puerto Rican-ness & its privileged sites of production," Radical History Review 68 (spr 97):54-78.

In the Library: Non-Fiction Books

Acosta-Belén, Edna. The Puerto Rican Woman: Perspectives on Culture, History, & Society (2nd ed.; NY: Praeger, 1986).

__________ & Barbara R. Sjostrom (eds.) The Hispanic Experience in the US: Contemporary Issues & Perspectives (NY: Praeger, 1988).

__________. Adiós, Borinquen querida: The Puerto Rican Diaspora: Its History & Contributions (NY: CELAC, 2000).

Bougois, Philippe. In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in El Barrio (NY: Cambridge, 1995).

Colón, Jesús. A Puerto Rican in New York, & Other Sketches (NY: Mainstream, 1961).

__________. The Way it Was, & Other Writings (ed. Edna Acosta-Belén & Virginia Sánchez Korrol; Houston: Arte Público, 1993).

Díaz-Stevens, Ana Maria. Oxcart Catholicism on Fifth Avenue: The Impact of the Puerto Rican Migration upon the Diocese of New York (Notre Dame IN: Notre Dame, 1992).

Dolan, Jay P. & Jaime R. Vidal (eds.) Puerto Rican & Cuban Catholics in the US, 1900-1965 (Notre Dame: U. Notre Dame, 1994).

Flores, Juan. From Bomba to Hip Hop: Puerto Rican Culture & Latino Identity (NY: Columbia, 2000).

__________. Divided Arrival: Narratives of the Puerto Rican Migration, 1920-1950 (Princeton NJ: Markus Wiener, 200?).

Glasser, Ruth. My Music is My Flag: Puerto Rican Musicians & their New York Communities, 1917-1940 (Berkeley: U. California, 1995).

Lewis, Oscar. La Vida (NY: Random House, 1965).

Maldonado-Denis, Manuel. The Emigration Dialectic: Puerto Rico & the USA (NY: International, 1980).

Marques, René. The Docile Puerto Rican: Essays (Philadelphia: Temple, 1976).

Mills, C. Wright; Clarence Senior & Rose Kohn Goldsen.The Puerto Rican Journey: New York's Newest Migrants [1950] (NY: Russell & Russell, 1967).

Ortiz Cofer, Judith. Woman in Front of the Sun: On Becoming a Writer (Athens: U. of Georgia, 2000).

Padilla, Elena. Up from Puerto Rico (NY: Columbia U, 1958).

Ramos-Zayas, Ana Y. National Performances: The Politics of Class, Race & Space in Puerto Rican Chicago (Chicago: U. of Chicago, 2003).

Senior, Clarence. Puerto Rican Emigration (Rio Piedras: U. Puerto Rico, 1947).

__________. The Puerto Ricans of New York City (Washington: Office of Puerto Rico, 1948).

__________. The Puerto Ricans: Strangers, then Neighbors (Chicago: Quadrangle, 1965).

Sexton, Patricia Cayo. Spanish Harlem: An Anatomy of Poverty (NY: Harper & Row, 1965).

Steiner, Stan. The Islands: Worlds of the Puerto Ricans (NY: Harper & Row, 1974).

Thomas, Piri. Down These Mean Streets [1967] (NY: Vintage, 1997).

__________. Savior, Savior, Hold My Hand (NY: Bantam, 1973).

__________. Seven Long Times [1974] (Houston: Arte Público, 1994). Prison memoir.

Torres, Andrés & José Velázquez (eds.) The Puerto Rican Movement: Voices from the Diaspora (Philadelphia: Temple U, 1998).

Wakefield, Dan. Island in the City: Puerto Ricans in New York (NY: Corinth, 1960).

In the Library: Fiction

Ambert, Alba N. A Perfect Silence (Houston: Arte Publico, 1995).

Apple, Max. Zip: A Novel of the Left & the Right (NY: Viking, 1978).

Mohr, Nicholasa. Rituals of Survival: A Woman's Portfolio (Houston: Arte Público, 1985).

__________. A Matter of Pride, & Other Stories (Houston: Arte Público, 1997).

Ortiz Cofer, Judith. The Line of the Sun: A Novel (Athens: U. of Georgia, 1989).

__________. The Latin Deli: Prose & Poetry (Athens: U. of Georgia, 1993).

__________. The Year of Our Revolution: New & Selected Stories & Poems (Houston: Piñata, 1998).

__________. Woman in Front of the Sun: On Becoming a Writer (Athens: U. of Georgia, 2000).

Romo-Carmona, Mariana. Living at Night (Duluth MN: Spinsters Ink, 1997).

Sadownich, Douglas. Sacred Lips of the Bronx (NY: St. Martin's, 1994).

Santiago, Esmeralda. America's Dream (NY: Harper Collins, 1996).

Santiago, Soledad. Streets of Fire (NY: Dutton, 1996).

In the Library: For Young Readers

Thomas, Piri. Stories from El Barrio (NY: Knopf, 1978).

Ortiz Cofer, Judith. An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio (

In the Library: Poetry

Ortiz Cofer, Judith. Terms of Survival: Poems (Houston: Arte Público, 1987).

__________. The Latin Deli: Prose & Poetry (Athens: U. of Georgia, 1993).

__________. Reaching for the Mainland & Selected New Poems (Tempe AZ: Bilingual, 1995).

__________. The Year of Our Revolution: New & Selected Stories & Poems (Houston: Piñata, 1998).

__________. A Love Story Beginning in Spanish: Poems (Athens: U. of Georgia, 2005).

In the Library: Drama

In the Library: Photography

Young Lords Party. Palante: photos by Michael Abramson (NY:McGraw-Hill, 1971).

CD & Audio

Film & Video

"Almost a Woman" [2002], dir. Betty Kaplan, ?m. Teenage girl helps immigrant family through adjustment to life in NY.

"That Old Gang of Mine: El Barrio Remembered" [1997], dir. Carlos de Jesus, 56m. From Filmakers' Library. Puerto Rican NY in 40s & 50s.

"El pueblo se levanta" [1971], dir. ?, ?m. Documentary on Young Lords.

"Nuyorican Dreams" [2000], dir. Robert Torres, 82m.

"Palante, siempre palante: The Young Lords" [1996], dir. Iris Morales, 49m. From Third World Newsreel.

"Retratos" [1980], 53m. From Cinema Guild. Four Puerto Ricans attempt to assimilate to life in New York while holding on to their cultural heritage.

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