On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the Puerto Rican Endowment for the Humanities participated in the presentation of the new course that will be offered by the Universidad del Este (UNE) of the Sistema Universitario Ana G. Méndez. The course, which is endorsed by our organizaiton for its relevance and historical-social value, is about the “History of United States governors in Puerto Rico”. It will include historians such as Dr. Luis E. González Vales, Dr. Jorge Rodríguez Beruff, Dr. Aarón Gamaliel Ramos, Dr. Jaime Partsch McMillan, Dr. Hilda Blanch, Dr. Manuel Almeida, Dr. Josué Caamaño Dones, Dra. Evelyn Vélez Rodríguez and Dr. Marcial Ocasio and will be under the coordination of Dr. Jaime Rodríguez Cancel of UNE and the Centro de Estudios Avanzados de Puerto Rico y el Caribe.
The Endowment, through its representative, Dr. Ignacio Olazagasti, presented two collections of the eight books and reports originally published between 1899 and 1926, supported by the We the People program of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This collection represents a portion of the Puerto Rican historiography published in English that has been little known outside a circle of specialists on the subject.
The works included in this collection reflect the initial reaction of the Americans in regard to Puerto Rico as a result of the Hispano-Cuban-American War. They also provide an overview of the social, economic, and political conditions that characterized Puerto Rico at the end of the nineteenth century. Part of the importance of the titles lies in the fact that these conditions are visualized from the principles that have defined the course of history and the formation of the identity of the United States of America.