Puerto Ricans are American citizens who have served in the military … ‘MILITARY SERVICE AND MODERN PUERTO RICO, 1868-1952’ … know this!!
Harry Franqui-Rivera’s Soldiers of the Nation: Military Service and Modern Puerto Rico, 1868-1952 (June 2018) is now available through University of Nebraska Press. Aldo Lauria-Santiago (Rutgers University) writes: “Soldiers of the Nation is the first book to make a coherent case for the significance of military bodies in the formation of Puerto Rico’s colonial history. The book’s real contribution is to show how, with every war and military mobilization, the United States and Puerto Rico wove a complex web of connections, agreements, and participatory hierarchies. [. . .].”
Description (University of Nebraska Press): As the island of Puerto Rico transitioned from Spanish to U.S. imperial rule, the military and political mobilization of popular sectors of its society played important roles in the evolution of its national identities and subsequent political choices. While scholars of American imperialism have examined the political, economic, and cultural aspects of U.S. colonialism in…
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