Posts Categorized: For Educators

Carmen Garcia Rosado: Soldier and Activist

Carmen Garcia Rosado was one of the first women to join the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in World War II. She was a member of the Puerto Rican WAC unit, Company 6, 2nd Battalion, 21st Regiment of the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps. Rosado, an educator, wrote LAS WACS-Participacion de la Mujer Boricua en la Segunda… Read more »

A Page from History: The Porto Rico Census of 1899

In 1899, Puerto Rico, or Porto Rico as it was then commonly called, was newly under U.S. control. A census gave the numbers of inhabitants, dividing them into men and women, age groups, and ethnicity. Foreign born residents were identified, as well. Of these, nearly all were Spanish, though there were a few people born… Read more »

Reconsidering the Insular Cases

Harvard Law Today, a popular blog of Harvard Law School, has published a summary of the recent conference that examined the Insular Cases, a series of Supreme Court decisions regarding the territories ceded to the United States by Spain at the end of the 19th century, including Puerto Rico. Panelists at the Harvard symposium acknowledged that… Read more »

Next Steps in the Status Debate Explored at Harvard Forum

Influential Puerto Rican leaders discussed the future status of Puerto Rico at a Harvard Law School forum on Wednesday. The keynote address was given by the Honorable Juan R. Torruella, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  In what he called his “Harvard pronouncement,” Judge Torruella advocated economic pressure to… Read more »

Reconsidering the Insular Cases at Harvard Law

On February 19th, Harvard Law School will present a conference on “Reconsidering the Insular Cases.” The featured keynote address will be by the Honorable Juan Torruella, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit: “The Insular Cases:  A Declaration of their Bankruptcy and My Harvard Pronouncement” The Insular Cases are a series of Supreme Court cases… Read more »

Understanding Puerto Rico: Classroom Discussion Questions – History

In our continuing series of classroom discussion questions, we examine the history of Puerto Rico, particularly focusing on its political status. Q: When was Puerto Rico first inhabited? A: Puerto Rico was inhabited by the Taino people perhaps as early as 900 BC. Q: When was Puerto Rico first visited by Europeans? A: Columbus landed… Read more »

Understanding Puerto Rico: Classroom Discussion Questions – Language

PUERTO RICO REPORT offers discussion questions on the political status of Puerto Rico, a topic that confuses many people. Now, in our second collection of classroom discssion topics, we offer questions, answers, and resources on another complex issue: the language of Puerto Rico.

Understanding Puerto Rico: Classroom Discussion Questions

PUERTO RICO REPORT is frequently consulted by academic researchers and students in many States as well as in Puerto Rico. In response to requests from some of these users, it is now publishing discussion questions and documents which could be used in the classroom to understand Puerto Rico’s political status and  history. The following includes answers… Read more »

How Do U.S. Textbooks Portray Puerto Rico?

In 1983, the Coalition for Human and Civil Right Advocates studied the portrayal of Puerto Rico in U.S. textbooks and found that: The authors of these textbooks, both old and new, appear to have read exactly the same sources and books. Their accounts, offering minimal and generally misleading information, are virtually identical in every case. And in… Read more »