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By Sonia Song-Ha Lee

within the first book-length historical past of Puerto Rican civil rights in long island urban, Sonia Lee strains the increase and fall of an uneasy coalition among Puerto Rican and African American activists from the Nineteen Fifties in the course of the Nineteen Seventies. past paintings has tended to determine blacks and Latinos as both evidently unified as "people of colour" or irreconcilably at odds as competing minorities. Lee demonstrates as a substitute that Puerto Ricans and African american citizens in manhattan urban formed the advanced and transferring meanings of "Puerto Rican-ness" and "blackness" via political activism. African American and Puerto Rican New Yorkers got here to work out themselves as minorities joined within the civil rights fight, the battle on Poverty, and the Black strength movement--until white backlash and inner type divisions helped holiday the coalition, remaking "Hispanicity" as an ethnic id that was once jointly specific from "blackness."

Drawing on broad archival learn and oral historical past interviews, Lee vividly portrays this important bankruptcy in postwar manhattan, revealing the permeability of limitations among African American and Puerto Rican communities.

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