The Pamphlet Wars: The Original Debate over Citizenship in the Insular Territories
Revista de Derecho Puertorriqueño, Vol. 38, No. 1 (enero-abril, 1999), pp. 221-235
14 Pages Posted: 14 Mar 2023
Date Written: April 1999
This paper will examine some of the pamphlets on the Spanish-Cuban-American War that were published between 1898 and 1902 and will describe the extraordinary debate between the Expansionists and Anti-Imperialists over citizenship. In summary, the supporters of U.S. involvement in the war were known as the Expansionists, while the war’s opponents called themselves the Anti-Imperialists. Though neither side questioned whether the United States had the power under the Constitution to acquire new territory, the Expansionists and Anti-Imperialists differed sharply over the status of the inhabitants of the conquered territories. What were we, subject peoples or full American citizens?
Keywords: Citizenship, Cuba, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, 1898
JEL Classification: K39
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