The When I Was Puerto Rican web site features many resources for additional work on Esmeralda Santiago. Here, you will find an annotated list of all of the resources available to you. During the course of the semester, these resources will be updated and expanded. We hope you find them useful.
FURTHER RESEARCH ON THE BOOK
About New York: New York Latino/a life and a short history of Brooklyn in the 1950s and 1960s.
About Puerto Rico: A brief history of the island and resources for research Puerto Rico of the 1950s, the time period for When I Was Puerto Rican.
About Santiago: A brief biographical sketch of Santiago and her life.
Maps: Here is a collection of Puerto Rico maps.
Opening Prompt: This short exercise was used at Student Opening Sessions on 9 September 2002.
Photographs of Brooklyn: From the LaGuardia and Wagner Archive New York City Housing Authority Collection, these photographs offer a view of historic Brooklyn from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
Photographs of Puerto Rico: From the Library of Congress, Jibaros.net and the Binghamton University Women's History Project, these photographs offer a comprehensive overview of urban and rural Puerto Rican life in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s.
Researching Santiago: Resources for researching Santiago's life and work.
Living in History: This page explains LaGuardia Community College's "Living In History" project, which collects student stories for the LaGuardia and Wagner Archives housed here on campus.
Media Resources in the LaGuardia Library: A comprehensive list of "Immigration" and "Hispanic and Latino" videotapes available in the library.
Other Latino/a Authors: This page lists other Latino/a authors. The list is broken down into genre categories and is alphabetical by author.
Transcript of "The Social Worker's Visit" audio recording.
Transcript of "The Welfare Office" audio recording.
COURSES FOR CONTINUED STUDY IN ISSUES RELATED TO WHEN I WAS PUERTO RICAN
As you continue your studies at LaGuardia Community College, you may be interested in continuing to explore some of the issues raised in this year's Common Reading. While you may have the opportunity to read and discuss Santiago's work in many different kinds of courses this year, the courses listed below have the most direct relationship to the work you have read and will allow you to think about the historical, anthropological, cultural, literary and psychological aspects of this text. When you plan your course schedule over the next two years, consider the following courses:
ENG 265: Latina Writing of the United States