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Land Reform in Puerto Rico: Modernizing the Colonial State, 19411969

Ismael Garcia-Colon


The 1930s and the reign of the New Dealers in Washington brought incredible changes to Puerto Rican society. A new land redistribution plan, formalized in the 1941 Land Law, aimed at enfranchising, empowering, and urbanizing the landless workers by resettling them in parcels that they would own. With these new urban communities built, community cooperation and services such as potable water, electricity, education, and sanitation followed. The result was that, twenty years after the passage of the Land Law, Puerto Rico was cited internationally as a paragon of modern development. This book use ... More

Keywords: Puerto Rican society, land redistribution plan, 1941 Land Law, urban communities, planned development, services

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813033631
Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813033631.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ismael Garcia-Colon, author
CUNY College of Staten Island