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I was looking for some Puerto Rican history through literature and this was recommended. Published in 1961, I hoped it would share the experience of New Yorkers, but it is really more about the struggle of the workers, and how they will eventually rise up against the capitalist system, etc. There was some documentation of the blatant discrimination and poor treatment these legal migrants experienced.
What a great book. I found it on one of those 'discard' piles at my local library. The book is a series of short stories that details the writers experience of living in NYC early last century. Living conditions in the neighborhoods of NYC, and the reality of daily racism were particularly prominent in his writings. The book is a true window into the past of NYC.
Jesus Colon was a Puerto Rican-American communist who wrote for The Worker. These essays are whimsical, comical, and sentimental, but rarely unenjoyable. My favorites were: "Little things are big," "The origin of Latin American dances (according to the Madison Avenue Boys)," "Greetings from Washington," "On singing in the shower," and "She actually pinched me!"