This valuable anthology comprises two historiographical essays and nine historical essays by contributors writing from both the Puerto Rican and United States academies. Altagracia Ortiz’s historiographical essay, which identifies the main themes in the scholarship on twentieth-century working women, is based on the introduction to her 1996 anthology, and Félix Matos Rodríguez’s historical essay was previously published in Spanish, but the collection as a whole is an original set of perspectives on the post-1870 history of Puerto Rican women and gender relations. Matos Rodríguez’s historiographical essay finds that the field’s emphasis since the 1970s on working-class women’s history reflects the enduring influence of marxist and feminist labor history methods. His questions about the possibilities for a more diverse methodology are answered less through an explicit theoretical agenda than through fresh insights the contributors bring to subjects ranging from prostitution to party politics. They...

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