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Unformatted text preview: Assimilating Ethnic Groups Race and Ethnic Relations by Joe R. Feagin and Clairece B. Feagin, Fifth Edition, Prentice Hall, 1996. [PowerPoint Presentation developed by Ron L.. Shamwell, Social Sciences, Community College of Philadelphia, 1999]. Puerto Rican and Cuban Americans • Two Spanish speaking countries of the Antilles--- Puerto Rico and Cuba-- have been the points of origin for two of this nation's most important Latino groups. • Puerto Rico was once part of the Spanish empire, but for nearly a century has been a commonwealth within the U S empire. • Today there is much debate over the political future of the island. • The migration to the U.S. mainland has been most significantly influenced by the economic pull of the U.S. economy. • Many Puerto Ricans return regularly to the island nation that maintains a Hey, what might we find out here! MIGRATION TO THE MAINLAND • Some 2,000 Puerto Ricans lived on the mainland in 1900‑New York. • Significant immigration to the mainland in response to unemployment and poverty on the island began in the late 1920's. • Over the next two decades the number increased more than tenfold, to 887,000, which was called the "great migration." • Puerto Rican communities were established in New Jersey, Connecticut, and Chicago, although the majority of new immigrants continued to settle in New York. • Beginning in the mid‑1940's corporations sent recruiters to Puerto Rico seeking cheap labor for the booming postwar economy. • Workers came to textile sweatshops in New York, steel molls in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana; foundries in Wisconsin and Illinois; and electronics industries in Illinois....
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