The Puerto Ricans: A Documentary History (Updated and Expanded Edition)

Layout 1This updated and expanded  edition includes new articles on political prisoners and the Puerto Rican diaspora and its consequences.

“An essential sourcebook for a better understanding of the Puerto Ricans. The editors believe that their experience as a people has been obscured by propaganda and that a subtle brand of colonialism still endures. They prove both points. . . . Their book [has] a kaleidoscopic, fast-paced rhythm that makes it engrossing reading. It is a welcome addition to both Puerto Rican historicity and to American ethnological literature.”
— The New York Times

“An excellent ‘documentary history’ of Puerto Rico, its problems, present status, tensions, and prospects.”
— The Nation

“A pleasure to read. Each page provides a fresh glimpse into the unfolding story of a people. The book captures the human and personal component of sweeping historical changes.”
— International Migration Review


Olga Jiménez de Wagenheim, Rutgers University, is the author of Puerto Rico: An Interpretive History from Pre-Columbian Times to 1900 and Puerto Rico’s Revolt for Independence: El Grito de Lares (both available from Markus Wiener).

Kal Wagenheim, School of Journalism, Columbia University, was a New York Times correspondent in San Juan and is the author of numerous books on Puerto Rico, including Puerto Rico: A Profile.