Posts Tagged: Dwight Eisenhower

The Evolution of the “Commonwealth” Label During the Cold War

The U.S. territory of Puerto Rico has been referred to as a “commonwealth” since 1952, when the federal government approved the Puerto Rico Constitution and granted the island authority to conduct its local affairs.  Yet “commonwealth” is only a title in the island’s local constitution, and the 1952 law did not change Puerto Rico’s status.  Official… Read more »

Senior Officials’ Statements on Puerto Rico’s Status

C. Kevin Marshall, Deputy Assistant Attorney General for President George W. Bush, Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of Justice, Testimony before the Committee of Energy and Natural Resources, November 16, 2006.  The Task Force issued its [2005] report last December and concluded that there were three general options under the Constitution for Puerto Rico’s… Read more »