June 18, 2013

Puerto Rico in the American Century

From The Uncommon Criminal by Kyle De Wolf (author's profile)

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May 17,2013

PUERTO RICO IN THE AMERICAN CENTURY
A History Since 1898

Cesar J. Ayala, Rafael Bernabe San Juan
PUERTO RICO
The University of North Caralina Press 2007
428 pp.

An excellent academic overview of Puerto Rican history under U.S. colonialism, it
focuses on the shaping of Puerto Rican identity, statehood versus independence,
nationalism, socialism, and nealiberalism, and the struggle to drive what it means
to be Puerto Rican.

Puerto Rico became a U.S. territory during the Spanish-American War in 1898.
As a U.S. territory, Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens but are not allowed to vote
in U.S. elections. Puerto Rico has long been a site of colonial exploitation, offering
low taxes, low wages, and a low standard of living. Island conservatives favor
statehood and integration into U.S. markets as a way out of poverty, while
progressives favor independence and collaboration with radical democratic movements
throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

A companero told me that Puerto Rico offered greater civil liberties than the U.S.
Wiretapping was illegal, and until a few years ago, the age of consent was 14.
Puerto Rico often refused to cooperate with the FBI. I would consider moving to
Puerto Rico and voting for independence. !Viva el Puerto Rico!

P.S. The proper name of the territory is PWAIR-tah REE-Koh. "Porto Rico," as

Anglos have long been accustomed to say it, is Portuguese. Island residents speak
Spanish.

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