Latin American Studies | Cuba and Puerto Rico
L401 | 2861 | Arlene Diaz


Meets with F300.
Late 19th-century Puerto Rican poet Lola Rodríguez de Tió once wrote
that "Cuba and Puerto Rico are the two wings of the same bird."  Both
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
celebrated 100 years under United States' control.  What explains
these differences if their histories are apparently so similar?  The
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 industrialization on Puerto Rican economy and politics; the Cuban
Revolution and migration to the United States.  All of these topics
will be examined form the perspective of both external forces and the
experiences of the men and women who lived and made their histories.