Worker in the Cane: A Puerto Rican Life History by Sidney W. Mintz

By Sidney W. Mintz

Employee within the Cane is either a profound social record and a relocating non secular testimony. Don Taso portrays his harsh formative years, his courtship and early marriage, his grim fight to supply for his family members. He tells of his radical political opinions and union task in the course of the melancholy and describes his hardships while he was once blacklisted as a result of his outspoken convictions. Embittered by means of his carrying on with poverty and by way of a major disease, he undergoes a dramatic medication and turns into switched over to a Protestant revivalist sect. within the concluding chapters the writer translates Don Taso's adventure within the gentle of the altering styles of existence in rural Puerto Rico.
This is the soaking up tale of Don Taso, a Puerto Rican sugar cane employee, and of his relatives and the village during which he lives. advised principally in his personal phrases, it's a brilliant account of the drastic adjustments occurring in Puerto Rico, as he sees them.Worker within the Cane is either a profound social rfile and a relocating non secular testimony. Don Taso portrays his harsh adolescence, his courtship and early marriage, his grim fight to supply for his relations. He tells of his radical political views and union task throughout the melancholy and describes his hardships while he was once blacklisted as a result of his outspoken convictions. Embittered by means of his carrying on with poverty and via a major affliction, he undergoes a dramatic treatment and turns into switched over to a Protestant revivalist sect. within the concluding chapters the writer translates Don Taso's adventure within the mild of the quickly altering styles of lifestyles in rural Puerto Rico.

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A senorita and I still a boy, I was always watchful (pe11d1ente) where she was concerned. I was continually jealous because I didn't want her to leave my side. But there came a time when she leftNow about school. At the beginning when a boy goes to school, say in the fust month, he never feels comfortable. The _school I went to was the one down the road there in the barno; not the same one, because the one I went to was bl~wn down by San Felipe [the 1928 hurricane]. Later they ~uilt ~e one that is there now.

Now I can't remember this ever happening to my sister. \1y sis;er ,·vas a complete]) humble woman, and she remai~ed a completely humble woman. I n~-er n~member her bemg beaten. Now, with me, yes, she and I used to have our troubles, but apart from that, I don't remember her ever being whipped. Now, she and I [he smiles] -w~ w;ed to put on the gloves. And in school, too, there were times when I used to fight a lot. We used to £ght over any foolishness, any misdeed that one did to another. The only fight, though, that I remember as more important was one time when I was standing on top of the school steps.

Ut I was bapwho died, who was called PJ sm: ye~. I had one godtnother Valentin Sh di e d here in Jauca.. And her uaruta hu a. e lived and was named Mere Suarez. Also ~b:~ was my godfather; he cause that system- they used 't da other godparents. Ri b . "' water on the child [an Y aptLm 1, and there also they Childhood and Adolescence 37 were accustomed to have a male godparent and a female. That other was called Rosa Malavet. She poured water. Then the other they called Telefo Godineaux, a ditcher.

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