Meet the Author:
Edgardo Meléndez “Patria: Puerto Rican Revolutionary Exiles in Late Nineteenth Century New York”

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examines the activities and ideals of Puerto Rican revolutionary exiles in New York City at the end of the nineteenth century. The study is centered in the writings, news reports, and announcements by and about Puerto Ricans in the newspaper Patria, of the Cuban Revolutionary Party. The book looks at the political, organizational and ideological ties between Cuban and Puerto Rican revolutionaries in exile, as well as the events surrounding the war of 1898. The analysis also offers a glimpse into the daily life and community of Puerto Rican exiles in late nineteenth century New York City.


Author: Edgardo Meléndez, Hunter College

Commentator/Interviewer: Virginia Sanchez-Korrol, Brooklyn College



Edgardo Meléndez is a retired professor from the University of Puerto Rico and Hunter College. He has published multiple books and academic articles on Puerto Rican politics in Puerto Rico and the United States, Puerto Rican migration and migration policy, and US citizenship in Puerto Rico. His most recent book is Sponsored Migration: The State and Puerto Rican Postwar Migration to the United States (Ohio State University Press, 2017).

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Dr. Virginia Sanchez Korrol is Professor Emerita at Department of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies, Brooklyn College, CUNY.  Dr. Sanchez Korrol writes about the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. Among her extensive publications, she authored From Colonia to Community: The History of Puerto Ricans in New York City, and co-edited Latinas in the United States: A Historical Encyclopedia. Recipient of the Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Contributions to New York History, 2020, she serves as historical consultant to media projects, government and cultural institutions. She is the co-editor of Puerto Rican Studies in CUNY: The First 50 Years (forthcoming 2021).

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