Islanders in the Empire

Hardcover | June 30, 2014

byJoAnna Poblete

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In the early 1900s, workers from new U.S. colonies in the Philippines and Puerto Rico held unusual legal status. Denied citizenship, they nonetheless had the right to move freely in and out of U.S. jurisdiction. As a result, Filipinos and Puerto Ricans could seek jobs in the United States and its territories despite the anti-immigration policies in place at the time.
 
JoAnna Poblete's Islanders in the Empire: Filipino and Puerto Rican Laborers in Hawai'i takes an in-depth look at how the two groups fared in a third new colony, Hawai'i. Using plantation documents, missionary records, government documents, and oral histories, Poblete analyzes how the workers interacted with Hawaiian government structures and businesses, how U.S. policies for colonial workers differed from those for citizens or foreigners, and how policies aided corporate and imperial interests.
 
A rare tandem study of two groups at work on foreign soil, Islanders in the Empire offers a new perspective on American imperialism and labor issues of the era.

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In the early 1900s, workers from new U.S. colonies in the Philippines and Puerto Rico held unusual legal status. Denied citizenship, they nonetheless had the right to move freely in and out of U.S. jurisdiction. As a result, Filipinos and Puerto Ricans could seek jobs in the United States and its territories despite the anti-immigratio...

JoAnna Poblete is an assistant professor of history at the University of Wyoming.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:248 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.98 inPublished:June 30, 2014Publisher:UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS PRESSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0252038290

ISBN - 13:9780252038297

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"Deeply rooted in archival sources, oral histories, and written with concise prose, Poblete does a remarkable job situation Hawai'i, Puerto Rico and the Philippines in the context of U.S. empire in the Pacific and the Caribbean.  She illustrates how U.S. expansion into these regions was vital for it to produce a global imperial machine that circulated not just soldiers and weapons between colonial outposts, but laborers."--The Hawaiian Journal of History "Unique in its comparative focus on labor migration among U.S. colonies, it is essential reading for those interested in the Filipinos and Puerto Ricans in Hawai'i during the first four decades of the twentieth century."--New West Indian Guide