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Author Trías Monge, José.

Title Puerto Rico : the trials of the oldest colony in the world / José Trías Monge
Published New Haven [Conn.] : Yale University Press, [1997]
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 228 pages) : illustrations
Contents Puerto Rico under Spanish rule -- The annexation -- Military government -- The shaping of a colonial policy -- Life under the Foraker Act -- The Jones Act -- The Jones blues -- The troubled thirties -- The Elective Governor Act -- The establishment of the commonwealth -- The big sleep -- Puerto Rico and the United Nations from 1960 to the present -- Decolonization in the Caribbean and in Micronesia -- Clearing the way for a second look -- Possible paths to decolonization
Summary 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
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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 217-222) and index
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Subject Self-determination, National -- Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rico -- Politics and government.
Puerto Rico -- Relations -- United States.
United States -- Relations -- Puerto Rico.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0585356211 (electronic bk.)
9780585356211 (electronic bk.)
(cloth ; alk. paper)