Department of Political Science

"Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the US Constitution and Empire"

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Tuesday, November 12, 2019
5:00 PM
Mell Classroom Building | 2550
Free and open to the public.

Join the Department of History for a special talk by Dr. Sam Erman, professor of law at the University of Southern California, "Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, The US Constitution, and Empire." Almost Citizens lays out the tragic story of how the United States denied Puerto Ricans full citizenship following annexation of the island in 1898. As America became an overseas empire, a handful of remarkable Puerto Ricans debated with U.S. legislators, presidents, judges, and others over who was a citizen and what citizenship meant. This struggle caused a fundamental shift in constitutional jurisprudence: away from the post-Civil War regime of citizenship, rights, and statehood and toward doctrines that accommodated racist imperial governance.

Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kelly Kennington at

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