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Puerto Rico:
The 51st State?

Puerto Rico


Among the many founding principles of the United States, equal representation under the law has long been a significant priority to the foundation of our democracy. However, to this day there are American citizens under the sovereign jurisdiction of the United States who still do not have this right. Among these individuals are citizens of Puerto Rico. For years statehood has been proposed as a possible solution, albeit contentious.

Why Puerto Rico?

Puerto Rico is a Caribbean island with a history closely linked to the European colonization of the Americas. The people of Puerto Rico officially became citizens of the United States as early as 1917, however Puerto Rico remains one of the few unincorporated U.S. territories.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Review and analyze the fight for statehood in Puerto Rico.
  2. Articulate the significance of cultural and historical influence on statehood advocacy.
  3. Synthesize various arguments based on experience on site and individual research.
  4. Apply experience in Puerto Rico to studies and major coursework.  
  5. Examine how culture and history impacts motivations and attitudes towards statehood in Puerto Rico.

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