Fall 2013

Spanish Caribbean Diasporas

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-310


Solsiree Del Moral (Section 01)


Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic, known as the “Spanish Caribbean,” share a history of slavery, colonialism, and migration. In this course, we examine the twentieth-century history of the islands and island nations, their relationship to the United States as empire since 1898, and the founding of their respective diasporas. We begin with a brief survey of the economic and political history of the nineteenth-century, comparing each place's local, regional, and international relationships with the Caribbean and the Atlantic. The nineteenth-century history generated similar, yet divergent, paths for each Caribbean island in the twentieth century, paths deeply marked by the emergence of the United States as a modern empire. By the mid-twentieth century, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic had developed different nation-building processes that were connected with Latin American and US historical cycles. We examine the trajectories of Cuban, Puerto Rican, and Dominican migrations to the United States, the founding of diaspora communities, and their relationships with each other and the home islands. Our goal is to employ a local, regional, and Atlantic lens to the study of Spanish Caribbean diasporas and Latinos in the United States.

Limited to 20 students.  Fall semester.  Professor del Moral.

AMST 310 - L/D

Section 01
Tu 01:00 PM - 02:20 PM MORG 110
Th 01:00 PM - 02:20 PM MORG 110

This is preliminary information about books for this course. Please contact your instructor or the Academic Coordinator for the department, before attempting to purchase these books.

ISBN Title Publisher Author(s) Comment Book Store Price
Lost Apple: Operation Pedro Pan, Cuban Children in the US and the Promise of a Better Future Amherst Books TBD
Near Northwest Side Story: Migration, Displacement, and Puerto Rican Families Prez Amherst Books TBD
Tale of Two Cities: Santo Domingo and New York After 1950 Hoffnung Amherst Books TBD

These books are available locally at Amherst Books.


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2013