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Foreign in a Domestic Sense Puerto Rico, American Expansion, and the Constitution

by Christina Duffy Burnett

Part of the American Encounters/Global Interactions Series

Foreign in a Domestic Sense Puerto Rico, American Expansion, and the Constitution Synopsis

In this groundbreaking study of American imperialism, leading legal scholars address the problem of the U.S. territories. Foreign in a Domestic Sense will redefine the boundaries of constitutional scholarship. More than four million U.S. citizens currently live in five unincorporated U.S. territories. The inhabitants of these vestiges of an American empire are denied full representation in Congress and cannot vote in presidential elections. Focusing on Puerto Rico, the largest and most populous of the territories, Foreign in a Domestic Sense sheds much-needed light on the United States' unfinished colonial experiment and its legacy of racially rooted imperialism, while insisting on the centrality of these marginal regions in any serious treatment of American constitutional history. For one hundred years, Puerto Ricans have struggled to define their place in a nation that neither wants them nor wants to let them go. They are caught in a debate too politicized to yield meaningful answers. Meanwhile, doubts concerning the constitutionality of keeping colonies have languished on the margins of mainstream scholarship, overlooked by scholars outside the island and ignored by the nation at large. This book does more than simply fill a glaring omission in the study of race, cultural identity, and the Constitution; it also makes a crucial contribution to the study of American federalism, serves as a foundation for substantive debate on Puerto Rico's status, and meets an urgent need for dialogue on territorial status between the mainlandd and the territories.Contributors. Jose Julian Alvarez Gonzalez, Roberto Aponte Toro, Christina Duffy Burnett, Jose A. Cabranes, Sanford Levinson, Burke Marshall, Gerald L. Neuman, Angel R. Oquendo, Juan Perea, Efren Rivera Ramos, Rogers M. Smith, E. Robert Statham Jr., Brook Thomas, Richard Thornburgh, Juan R. Torruella, Jose Trias Monge, Mark Tushnet, Mark Weiner

Foreign in a Domestic Sense Puerto Rico, American Expansion, and the Constitution Press Reviews

I can hardly contain my enthusiasm for this project, which brings together an array of authoritative scholars in the field. Foreign in a Domestic Sense is the most important work of its kind of our generation, a book that advances the scholarship while having a material impact on current and future debates about Puerto Rico's self-determination. -Francisco A. Scarano, author of Puerto Rico: Cinco Siglos de Historia

Book Information

ISBN: 9780822326984
Publication date: 20th July 2001
Author: Christina Duffy Burnett
Publisher: Duke University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 440 pages
Categories: Regional studies, International relations, Constitutional & administrative law,

About Christina Duffy Burnett

Christina Duffy Burnett is a law clerk in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and is currently Research Associate in the Program in Law and Public Affairs at Princeton University. Burke Marshall is Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law and George W. Crawford Professorial Lecturer in Law, Emeritus, at Yale Law School. Among numerous honors and accomplishments, he served as Assistant Attorney General in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice from 1961-1965 and is the author of Federalism and Civil Rights.

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