El lamento borincano : Puerto Rico, the United States and 100 years of "unjust and unintelligent" policies
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The United States took possession of Puerto Rico in 1898 with the end of the Spanish American war. Since that time, U.S. policies toward the island have been predicated on notions of race and the other and on confused interpretations of Constitutional and federal law. This work attempts to provide a broad legal and historical examination of the United States-Puerto Rico relationship and to flesh out some of the inherent confusion and lacunae left by U.S. court decisions. The later part of the work focuses on the applicability of the federal death penalty on the island as a case study of problems that arise when United States federal law is applied to Puerto Rico in the face of a Puerto Rico constitutional ban.