Policies Affecting Puerto Ricans on the Mainland

1898 Treaty of Paris - Spain ceded Puerto Rico to the United States as part of the agreement ending the Spanish-American War
1900 Foraker Act made Puerto Rico an unincorporated territory of the United States cans eligible for the draft; allowed both houses of the Puerto Rican legislature to be chosen through popular election, but the governor and other top-ranking officials were still appointed
1932 Puerto Rican Reconstruction Administration
1947 Jones Act amended-popular election of Puerto Rican governor
1952 Puerto Rico established as a U.S. commonwealth (free associated state)
1965 Voting Rights Act
1968 Bilingual Education Act (Amendment to title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) [Back]