The Role Of Economics In The Lives Of Puerto Rican Migrants

739 words - 3 pages

Economics has an important role in the lives of Puerto Rican migrants, who come to the United States searching for a better life and employment. It’s the economic characteristics of both the Puerto Rican island and the United States, which causes a growth in the mobilization of many Puerto Rican migrants. Economics causes the continuing trend of transition between the island and the United State. After the United States acquired the rights to the island from the Spanish in 1898, this opened a new door for the working-class Puerto Ricans on the island, especially agricultural workers and skilled labor workers. "The larger forces behind Puerto Rican migration to the United States were colonialism and capitalism"(Cruz, 3). During the beginning of the 20th century, Puerto Rican migrants provided an inexpensive labor force to meet the demands of US industries, both agricultural and textile. Migration to the US would become a familiar pattern for most Puerto Ricans as they wanted to escape the economic hardships of the island.

It was through capitalism that Puerto Ricans had substantial economic reasons to move to the United States. An important period in United States politics helped create another incentive for coming in the US. During the 1920s, Congress passed the Johnson Act which stipulated a reduction in the amount of European immigration(Cruz, 3). The Johnson Act of 1921 was important because produced more jobs by opening an increased employment space for the Puerto Rican working-class migrants. During the economic transformation of Puerto Rican economics, two developments had occurred which affected the Puerto Rican community.

". . . the creation of a rural proletariat on the sugar plantations and the shift from craftsmen to urban proletarians among the tabaqueros(cigar-makers)"(Barradas, 314). There would be division in the social structures of the island, which caused economic hardships for the peasant agricultural worker. Economic strife on the island would cause many Puerto Rican agricultural workers to arrive in US, searching for the goal of economic stability. These migrants wanted to escape the economic hardships on the island, low wages and inadequate working conditions.

Between the years of 1890-1950, the US allowed many Puerto Rican migrants into the states to find...

Find Another Essay On The Role of Economics in the Lives of Puerto Rican Migrants

The Identity of a Black Puerto Rican

1294 words - 5 pages The Identity of a Black Puerto Rican When the United States invaded and took over Puerto Rico in 1898, race relations acquired yet another facet. "At the beginning of the century, President McKinley carried out military interventions in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines with U.S. corporate interests in mind (Schirmer)" Like Spain, the United States also intended to use Puerto Rico to its own advantage. In his project, David Bernstein

Spanish Colonialism on the History of Puerto Rican People

1890 words - 8 pages , Community and Nation. Gainesville: U Press of Florida. H.R.856. 105th Congress. "Young Bill". March 5, 1998. Larson, Stephanie. (1998). The Role of Politics in Puerto Rican Culture. Http:// Library of Congress American Memory Collection. FSA-Office of War Information

Puerto Rican Music in the United States

1713 words - 7 pages monopoly over internal market, it is better for Puerto Ricans to migrate. She even mentions how for Puerto Rican elite, it was considered that North American music represented social and economic progress in Puerto Rico (Glasser, 39). In 1940 the Puerto Rican population in New York was less than 100,000; “by 1950 it comprised about 187,000 first-generation migrants and 58,000 mainland-born children of Puerto Rican parents.”(Glasser, 193) Migrants

The Language Barrier Standing in the Way of Puerto Rican Immigrants

677 words - 3 pages The Language Barrier Standing in the Way of Puerto Rican Immigrants The United States of America is regarded to many foreigners as the "land of opportunity". To many Puerto Ricans that still live on the island they view the mainland as just that. While other Puerto Ricans can't wait to return to their homeland. Many Puerto Ricans came to the United States because they believed they would not only find better jobs but a better education

Puerto Rican Migration to the United States

1559 words - 6 pages population would continue to grow in the states from the 1960 to 1970. In that period the Puerto Rican population nearly tripled. However, "the so-called revolving-door migration to the United States resulted in fluctuating rates and high numbers of return migrants"(Cruz 75). With times getting tough for Puerto Ricans in the U.S. they needed to find a radical voice. The sixties would find voices by making changes needed for minorities. One group that

The Role of Sexuality in Our Lives

1252 words - 5 pages The Role of Sexuality in Our Lives The word “sexuality” has been looked upon as taboo and for centuries many of us grow up being taught how this part of our lives shouldn't be expressed openly. We all experience the feeling as humans, we share this characteristic. Some of us are taught not to express any feeling that has to do with our inner wants when it comes to this topic. It could make us more loving or even at times some incidents

The Role of The Gods in The Lives of Men

1183 words - 5 pages The role of the gods in the lives of men is very apparent in many works of literature. The gods play a significant, if not dominate role in each and every one of these works. The gods use their powers for many diverse and essential actions. In the numerous works, readers can see the gods determining the events in the lives of men time after time. In The Odyssey, the Greek Goddess, Athena, uses her power to influence many aspects of the lives of

The Role of Water in the Lives of Organisms

1078 words - 4 pages The Role of Water in the Lives of Organisms Water is perhaps the most important molecule for the survival and life of all living organisms because there is a wide spectrum of roles that it plays. The fact that the earth's surface consists of 70.8% water shows its significance and importance. ====================================================================== Firstly, water has the chemical formula Hg0 (two

The Role of Water in the Lives of Organisms

1577 words - 6 pages other charged particles such as ions and other polar molecules. These particles become much more reactive in solutions as they are free to move about and react with other chemicals. On the other hand, non polar molecules such as lipids are insoluble in water. When they are surrounded by water, the water molecules tend to attract each other pushing the non-polar molecules together. One role of water is that of a

Puerto Rican Experience in Hartford

2462 words - 10 pages only touched upon briefly, which is the idea of cultural citizenship in the Puerto Rican community. This added point helps us to fully understand the role identity politics played in Puerto Ricans’ lives. Puerto Ricans first entered the realm of identity politics with their migration to Hartford, beginning in the 1950s. Their motivation was primarily economic; that is, Hartford had an abundance of job opportunities in restaurants, stores

Puerto Rican Music as Representation of Their History and Culture

1397 words - 6 pages the culture clash experienced by migrants is another layer complicating the evolution of Puerto Rican music (Glasser, 199). Musical expression has been affected by every aspect of life for the Puerto Ricans and therefore is an illustration of the Puerto Rican experience. Economic conditions in Puerto Rico have had great effects on musicians struggling to survive on the island. During the nineteenth century, sugar production was the islands

Similar Essays

The Role Of Music In Puerto Rican Popular Culture

1600 words - 6 pages The Role of Music in Puerto Rican Popular Culture What is Puerto Rican music like? Where did it develop, and around when did it develop? What makes it up? These are very valid questions for someone who does not know anything about Puerto Rican music or Latin music in general. To understand Puerto Rican music and what it means to Puerto Rican people in general, you must look at the beginning. First there are different kinds of music

The Role Of Music During And After Puerto Rican Migration To The United States

1164 words - 5 pages The Role of Music During and After Puerto Rican Migration to the United States For Puerto Ricans, music served infinite purposes. It allowed for the formation and reformation of cultural views and opinions, through the lyrics in the songs. These views were constantly changing, which in turn fed into the ever evolving identity of the Puerto Rican people. As a vehicle of expression it stimulated thought and provided a method of

The Identity Of An American Puerto Rican

1868 words - 7 pages sad to know nothing about an island that many of my own kind are very proud of. I’m clueless of what my Puerto Rican people have actually been through. Political, economics, social relations and identity issues, what about them, I wonder. All I know about the island’s history is that we are Puerto Ricans from an island in the Caribbean called Puerto Rico. We are Puerto Rican Americans to my knowledge. We are Puerto Rican Americans because we are

The Identity Of A Puerto Rican

3158 words - 13 pages American capitalism, industrialization and migration. The United States plays an important role in the issue of Puerto Rican national identity. Nancy Morris in her book Puerto Rico: Culture, Politics and Identity, writes, "The collective identity of Puerto Ricans has been influenced by the island’s relationship with the United States, but Puerto Ricans have retained an identity that is distinct and separate from their sovereign power" (1). The