Created during the History in Motion program, a collaboration between Emerging America and the Library of Congress, the following primary source set contains materials pertaining to Puerto Rican identity in the United States.
Civics and U.S. History courses raise the question: What does it mean to be an American? The case of Puerto Rico is an interesting one because Puerto Ricans find themselves in limbo between American citizenship and Puerto Rican nationalism. The following primary source sets explores the unique relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States including the different factors that influence Puerto Rican identity, including nationalism, political status, culture, and migration.
In addition to primary source materials from the Library of Congress, the set contains an extensive introduction into Puerto Rican immigration history in the United States, secondary source recommendations, and classroom activity ideas. Included in the set is a subsection devoted to Lolita Lebron, a Puerto Rican nationalist involved in a 1954 attack on the U.S. Congress, sure to ignite students’ interest. Images from this subset include Lebron’s arrest, her hotel room at the time of the attack, and a “Free Lolita Lebron” poster. This primary source set on Puerto Rican identity can be used in conjunction with other case studies in order to compare and contrast different American identities.
Emerging America brings this primary source set to you thanks to the outstanding primary sources and materials provided free by the Library of Congress.