Worker in the Cane: A Puerto Rican Life History

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W. W. Norton & Company, 1974 - Biography & Autobiography - 288 pages
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This is the absorbing story of Don Taso, a Puerto Rican sugar cane worker, and of his family and the village in which he lives. Told largely in his own words, it is a vivid account of the drastic changes taking place in Puerto Rico, as he sees them.Worker In The Cane is both a profound social document and a moving spiritual testimony. Don Taso portrays his harsh childhood, his courtship and early marriage, his grim struggle to provide for his family. He tells of his radical political beliefs and union activity during the Depression and describes his hardships when he was blacklisted because of his outspoken convictions. Embittered by his continuing poverty and by a serious illness, he undergoes a dramatic cure and becomes converted to a Protestant revivalist sect. In the concluding chapters the author interprets Don Taso's experience in the light of the rapidly changing patterns of life in rural Puerto Rico.
  

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Interesting ethnography, not my favorite, but not a snore either. Read full review

Contents

Introduction
1
The Local Setting
12
Tasos Written Autobiographical Statements
27
Childhood and Adolescence
35
the early years 192739
99
the later years 194049
177
The Conversion
210
History within History
253
Epilogue
271
List of Characters
279
Glossary
281
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Sidney W. Mintz is professor of anthropology at The Johns Hopkins University.

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