Event—Public Programming

The Strange Career of Puerto Rico and American Liberalism

The washed out roads, fouled water supply, blackouts, clashes between police and demonstrators, and the contempt radiating from the White House make it easy to forget the universally high expectations that marked the American invasion of Puerto Rico one hundred and twenty years ago. What did Puerto Ricans hope to gain from their incorporation into the United States, and why do so many of these aspirations remain unrealized? Johnson will address these questions and what their answers might tell us about larger histories of Latinxs and American liberalism.