Negotiating Empire: The Cultural Politics of Schools in Puerto Rico, 1898–1952

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After the United States invaded Puerto Rico in 1898, the new unincorporated territory sought to define its future. Seeking to shape the next generation and generate popular support for colonial rule, U.S. officials looked to education as a key venue for promoting the benefits of Americanization. At the same time, public schools became a site where Puerto Rican teachers, parents, and students could formulate and advance their own projects for building citizenship. In Negotiating Empire, Solsiree del Moral demonstrates how these colonial intermediaries aimed for regeneration and progress through education.
    Rather than seeing U.S. empire in Puerto Rico during this period as a contest between two sharply polarized groups, del Moral views their interaction as a process of negotiation. Although educators and families rejected some tenets of Americanization, such as English-language instruction, they also redefined and appropriated others to their benefit to increase literacy and skills required for better occupations and social mobility. Pushing their citizenship-building vision through the schools, Puerto Ricans negotiated a different school project—one that was reformist yet radical, modern yet traditional, colonial yet nationalist.

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Solsiree del Moral is assistant professor of Latin American and Caribbean history at Pennsylvania State University.

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“Excellent scholarship guided by a sharp critical perspective on issues of class, colonialism, race, and gender. The rigorous focus on issues of schooling, public education, and pedagogy make this a highly informative and engaging study.”—Juan Flores, author of From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity

“Del Moral’s basic premise is that public school teachers acted as intermediaries between the colonial state and the local population, and in the process elaborated their own views of the island’s national identity. She raises original and significant questions, addresses them through extensive archival research, and develops a well-structured argument.”—Jorge Duany, author of The Puerto Rican Nation on the Move: Identities on the Island and in the United States

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