MEET THE AUTHOR SAM ERMAN: “ALMOST CITIZENS: PUERTO RICO, THE U.S. 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 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.

WHEN
December 05, 2019 at 6pm – 8pm
WHERE
Hemminger Screening Room 706, East Building Library, 7th Floor.
68th and Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10065
United States