Meet the Author—Edgardo Meléndez: “Sponsored Migration”


CENTRO (Center for Puerto Rican Studies) presents Meet the Author, featuring Edgardo Meléndez, author of Sponsored Migration: The State and Puerto Rican Postwar Migration to the United States. With the participation of panelists Ismael García and Arcadio Díaz Quiñones and moderator Teresita Levy, this activity will take place on Wednesday, October 18, 2017, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, at North Cafe, Hunter College, West Building Lobby, 3rd Floor, 68th Street and Lexington Avenue, New York, New York.

Description: Sponsored Migration places Puerto Rico’s migration policy in its historical context, examining the central role the Puerto Rican government played in encouraging and organizing migration during the postwar period. Meléndez sheds an important new light on the many ways in which the government intervened in the movement of its people: attempting to provide labor to U.S. agriculture, incorporating migrants into places like New York City, seeking to expand the island’s air transportation infrastructure, and even promoting migration in the public school system. One of the first scholars to explore this topic in depth, Meléndez illuminates how migration influenced U.S. and Puerto Rican relations from 1898 onward.

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