Latin American Studies | Seminar: Cuba and Puerto Rico
L401 | 27588 | Diaz

TR 2:30-3:45    SY001

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
has been under United States’ control for a little over 100 years.
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 and colonialism on
Puerto Rican economy, culture and politics; the Cuban Revolution and
the transformation of Cuban society.  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

Students-learning will be evaluated through essay exams, in-class
written exercises and weekly assignments.

Above class meets with History F-345 and LATS-L396