• Roberta Hurtado
Part of the Literatures of the Americas book series (LOA)


This introduction provides a cultural and historical overview of Puerto Rico’s and Puerto Rican women’s experiences with the US from the war of 1898, in which the island was ceded to the USA by Spain, to the present. This overview marks important dates and trends in this colonial relationship, and how nuanced language was developed to articulate the neo-/colonial relationship that the USA has with the island and its people. This context is foundational for understanding the experiences of Puerto Rican women, from coerced migration to the mainland US, to government-funded mass sterilization projects, to the silencing of domestic abuse, and to the complete revisioning of history by US scientists and scholars.


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  • Roberta Hurtado
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  1. 1.State University of New York at OswegoOswegoUSA

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