Puerto Rico is hit hard by the Depression and the U.S. implements Operation Bootstrap. The island experiences new industrialization but many look to use their U.S. citizenship to seek opportunity on the East Coast. Great numbers of Puerto Ricans move to New York, including Juanita Ortiz Sanabria. As they strengthen this growing community, they also confront challenges in their new home. Stereotypes about Puerto Ricans in general and Puerto Rican youth in particular shape many of the challenges of the 1940s and 1950s.