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Puerto Ricans in the United States: A Contemporary Portrait, 2nd edition

Edna Acosta-Belén and Carlos E. Santiago
Puerto Ricans in the United States: A Contemporary Portrait, 2nd edition
ISBN: 978-1-62637-675-5
ISBN: 978-1-62637-757-8
2018/363 pages/LC: 2018011259
Latinos/as: Exploring Diversity and Change
Praise for the previous edition (a Choice Outstanding Academic Book):

"An excellent panoramic view of Puerto Ricans in the United States.... Will become the [book] on Puerto Rican studies and a prominent complement to the ethnic studies literature, and well it should."—Carlos Vargas-Ramos, Contemporary Sociology

"Arguably the deans of Puerto Rican studies, Acosta-Belén and Santiago provide a comprehensive, contemporary portrait of the nearly 8 million Puerto Ricans almost evenly divided between the island itself and across the US mainland and Hawaii.... A valuable reference work and ... an accessible one-volume introduction to US Puerto Ricans.... Essential."—Choice


Fully revised and expanded to reflect more than a decade of new developments and data, the second edition of this widely acclaimed book presents an up-to-date, comprehensive portrait of the second largest Latino group in the United States.

Edna Acosta-Belén and Carlos Santiago trace the trajectory of the Puerto Rican experience from the early colonial period, through a series of waves of migration to the US, to current cultural legacies and political and social challenges. Their work is an indispensable resource for anyone seeking to understand the history, contributions, and contemporary realities of the ever-growing Puerto Rican diaspora.


Edna Acosta-Belén is Distinguished Professor Emerita and O’Leary Professor at the University at Albany, SUNY. Carlos E. Santiago is commissioner of higher education for the state of Massachusetts; before joining the Department of Education, he was chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and professor in the university's Department of Economics.


  • Puerto Rico: An Island at a Critical Crossroads.
  • Historical Roots of the Puerto Rican People.
  • Early Migrations to the United States.
  • The Great Migration and Other Postwar Patterns.
  • Economic Collapse, Hurricane Maria, and the New Millennium Migration.
  • A Demographic and Socioeconomic Portrait.
  • Social, Civil Rights, and Empowerment Struggles.
  • Cultural and Artistic Legacies.
  • The Colonial Quandary: What Lies Ahead.
  • Brief Chronology of Puerto Rican History.