Puerto Rico: The Trials of the Oldest Colony in the World / Edition 1

Puerto Rico: The Trials of the Oldest Colony in the World / Edition 1

by José Trías Monge, Jose Trias Monge
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300076185

ISBN-13: 9780300076189

Pub. Date: 02/28/1999

Publisher: Yale University Press

Jose Trias Monge first describes the Spanish rule over Puerto Rico and then traces the impact of American colonial policies there, comparing them with those in the Pacific and the British, French, and Dutch experiences in the Caribbean. He argues that the large amounts of money the United States has given to Puerto Rico have not been productive: not only has the…  See more details below

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Jose Trias Monge first describes the Spanish rule over Puerto Rico and then traces the impact of American colonial policies there, comparing them with those in the Pacific and the British, French, and Dutch experiences in the Caribbean. He argues that the large amounts of money the United States has given to Puerto Rico have not been productive: not only has the island become frightfully dependent on United States munificence but more than 60 percent of Puerto Rican families still live below the poverty line. Politically, the situation is even worse. The United States has granted Puerto Rico limited self-government but has ignored the wishes of the Puerto Rican people - as expressed in two plebiscites - for greater autonomy, since it cannot make up its mind which decolonization option best serves American interests. Trias Monge discusses the various options of Puerto Rican independence, statehood, and an enhanced commonwealth status and urges the United States to end its present policy of inattention and inaction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300076189
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
566,415
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Chronology
About the Author
Introduction1
1Puerto Rico Under Spanish Rule5
2The Annexation21
3Military Government30
4The Shaping of a Colonial Policy36
5Life Under the Foraker Act52
6The Jones Act67
7The Jones Blues77
8The Troubled Thirties88
9The Elective Governor Act99
10The Establishment of the Commonwealth107
11The Big Sleep119
12Puerto Rico and the United Nations from 1960 to the Present136
13Decolonization in the Caribbean and in Micronesia141
14Clearing the Way for a Second Look160
15Possible Paths to Decolonization177
Notes197
Glossary215
Selected Bibliography217
Index223

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