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Meet The Author: Sam Erman

Thursday, December 5, 2019
6:00 - 8:00 PM
Hemminger Screening Room 706,
East Building Library, 7th Floor.
68th and Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10065

Erman, Sam. Almost Citizens: Puerto Rico, the U.S. Constitution, & 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 US legislators, presidents, judges, and others over who was a citizen and what citizenship meant. This struggle caused a fundamental shift in constitution law. Erman’s gripping account shows how, in the wake of the Spanish-American War, administrators, lawmakers, and presidents together with judges deployed creativity and ambiguity to transform constitutional meaning for a quarter of a century. The result is a history in which the United States and Latin America, Reconstruction and empire, and law and bureaucracy intertwine.

Author: Sam Erman


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