History | History of Cuba & Puerto Rico
F300 | 2770 | Diaz

	A portion of the above section reserved for majors
	Above section open to undergraduates only
	Above section meets with LTAM L401

Late 19th century Puerto Rican poet Lola Rodriguez de Tio once wrote
that “Cuba and Puerto Rico are the two wings of the same bird.”  Both
Caribbean islands share a similar culture and have comparable
historical developments, yet, today they live very different
realities: Cuba is the only socialist republic on the hemisphere
while Puerto Rico is about to celebrate 100 years under United States
control.  What explains these differences if their histories are
apparently so similar?  This course will explore these issues through
the study of key historical processes from first inhabitation through
the present, giving particular attention to the 19th and 20th
centuries.  Topics to be addressed include: the social and economic
repercussions of slavery; the impact of United States intervention on
the islands; the effects of nationalism and the labor movements have
had on internal and external politics; the Cuban Revolution and
migration to the United States.  All of these topics will be examined
from the perspective of both external forces and the experiences of
the men and women who lived and made their histories.

Readings will include two general texts, one or two short monographs
and a short packet.  Documentaries and films are also part of the
course material.  The course requirements include three essay exams,
one short paper, and in-class written exercises.