Latino Studies

, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 185–206 | Cite as

“So a new day has dawned for Porto Rico’s Jíbaro”: Military service, manhood and self-government during World War I

  • Harry Franqui-Rivera
Original Article


For Puerto Ricans, World War I provided the opportunity to test and challenge the linkages between military service, manhood, citizenship and decolonization. During the war, Puerto Rican political leaders, elected officials and opinion makers sought to advance the socioeconomic and political standing of their communities by demanding access to, and encouraging participation in the US military. In particular, Puerto Rican elites were interested in mobilizing the Puerto Rican peasantry, reasoning that training would transform them into modern men worthy of self-determination in the eyes of the metropolis.


WWI manhood Puerto Ricans military service citizenship colonialism 



I would like to thank my colleagues Arlene Torres, Anthony Brown, Milagros Denis-Rosario, Victor M. Torres-Velez and Ricardo Gabriel for their unwavering support and for reading early versions of this study during the Africana, African-America, Puerto Rican and Latino Studies Research & Writing Faculty Seminar at Hunter College, CUNY. Likewise, many thanks to the blind referees for providing me with invaluable feedback and helping to strengthen my argument.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry Franqui-Rivera
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  1. 1.Hunter College, CUNY

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