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LAS 0854 Latino Immigration PUERTO RICO Esmeralda Santiago When I was Puerto Rican (1994) (non-fiction) USE THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION AND STUDY GUIDE QUESTIONS TO FOCUS YOUR READING OF THE EXTRACTS FROM THE BOOK AND MAKE NOTES BEFORE WRITING YOUR 1-PAGE ANALYSIS (DUE THURSDAY 3/22) ON THE FOLLOWING TOPIC: THE CHALLENGES THAT ESMERALDA SANTIAGO HAD TO OVERCOME IN ORDER TO SUCCEED AFTER MOVING FROM PUERTO RICO TO THE U.S.A. Assigned reading : pp. 63-84 The American Invasion of Macún pp. 211-239 Angels on the Ceiling pp. 257-278 A Shot at It Puerto Rico background 1500’s Christopher Columbus arrived 1493, colonization of Puerto Rico, Spanish search for gold, smallpox epidemic killed 1/3 of Taíno indigenous population, arrival of first African slaves. 1898 Spanish-American War, Spain surrendered Puerto Rico to U.S.A. 1917 Puerto Ricans became American citizens (Jones-Shafroth Act), Puerto Rico officially a U.S.A. territory. 1947 Granted partial self-rule, elected own governor. 1951 wrote own constitution. 1940’s – 1950’s economic change from primarily agriculture to industry & commerce. People moved to urban areas. Themes in When I was Puerto Rican Esmeralda Santiago’s experiences:life in Puerto Rico in the 1950’s and then life in New York in the 1960’s Characters’ views of the relationship between U.S.A. and Puerto Rico and their opinions of each culture. Colonial power structure U.S.A. -Puerto Rico Race relations in the U.S.A. Attitudes of 2 nd generation immigrants towards recent immigrants. American school system approach to non-English speakers. Language / identity differences pp. 63-84 The American Invasion of Macún
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