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Islanders in the Empire: Filipino and Puerto Rican Laborers in Hawai'i

JoAnna Poblete


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. This book takes an in-depth look at how the two groups fared in a third new colony, Hawaiʻi. Using plantation documents, missionary records, government documents, and oral histories, the book analyzes how the labor migrants intera ... More

Keywords: anti-immigration, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Filipinos, Puerto Ricans, U.S. imperialism, labor, U.S. colonies, Hawaiʻi, labor migrants

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780252038297
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038297.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

JoAnna Poblete, author
University of Wyoming