Should Puerto Rico Become The 51st State?

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There are 3.5 million U.S. citizens currently facing one of the worst financial crises in this country - and they're all in Puerto Rico.

The U.S. government has an almost 120-year-long relationship with Puerto Rico – which is a territory, not the 51st state. But what has that relationship looked like? Why is Puerto Rico still a territory, and what do Puerto Ricans, themselves, want for their future? Explore these questions – and some others – with Sana Saeed, who starts the story at the very beginning: May 12, 1898.

Learn more here:
Source. “5 Facts About Puerto Rico's Utter Economic Misery.”

Source. “Puerto Rico's Debt Crisis Claims Another Causality: Its Schools.”

Source. “The Department of Justice Throws Massive Colonial Wrench at Puerto Rico’s June 11 Plebiscite.”

Music tracks courtesy of APM.
Footage and images courtesy of AP, Reuters, Getty and Al Jazeera English.


Presented by: Sana Saeed
Written by: Sana Saeed
Edited by: Brian Joseph
Animations by: Joe Correa
Illustrations by: Joe Correa
Produced by: Sana Saeed

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