This comparative photographic essay examines the socioeconomic state of Puerto Rico in the pre- and post-Operation Bootstrap eras. A visual narrative, it pairs the images of 1940s Farm Security Administration photographer Jack Delano with contemporary photographs by the author to reveal aspects of social and cultural consistency in Puerto Rico despite the influential presence of the United States and the dramatic industrialization of the island during the past seventy-five years.
Darien Brahms; In Search of Jack Delano's Puerto Rico: Change and Continuity Revisited, 1941–2015. Radical History Review 1 May 2017; 2017 (128): 77–89. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01636545-3857801
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