From South of the Border: Hispanic Minorities in the United States

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This chapter locates the most recent Hispanic minorities in the United States-Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, and various Caribbean peoples from Cuba and Santo Domingo-at still another point in the development of world capitalism. To understand the formation of these ethnic groups, the chapter examines their immigration to North America and the expansion of the United States into colonial and postcolonial communities on its immediate periphery. Mexico, Puerto Rico, and Cuba offer different examples of the exploitation of local resources including labor, as in Mexico and Puerto Rico, or direct United States political intervention, as occurred more recently in Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Santo Domingo. The result appears to be a paradox: certain immigrant groups were actually Americanized before they came to the United States.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationImmigration Reconsidered
Subtitle of host publicationHistory, Sociology, and Politics
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199854219
ISBN (Print)9780195055108
StatePublished - Oct 3 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Cuba
  • Hispanic minorities
  • Latin america
  • Mexicans
  • Puerto ricans
  • Spanish
  • United states

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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