Issues of Citizenship, Ideology, Race, and Class in the Spanish Speaking Caribbean: The 1812 Constitution of Cádiz

The Spanish Constitution of Cádiz of 1812 is perceived as the earliest institutional manifestation of a desire to establish a liberal State in Spain because for the first time the power of the State was limited and some individual rights and social freedoms were granted to Spaniards.  What were the repercussions of the 1812 Spanish Constitution in the colonies of Cuba, Puerto Rico and Santo Domingo Español? What was the Constitution’s impact in the mentalities of the colonial societies; on the everyday life of the different racial groups; in the ideologies that ensued once these societies were no longer under the rule of Spain?

Dr. Eric Weitz, Dean of Humanities and Arts, the City College of New York
Dr. Jorge Chinea, Director, Center for Latino/a & Latin American Studies, Wayne State University
Dr. Raúl Navarro, Researcher at the School of Hispanic –American Studies, Seville, Spain
Fidel Tavarez, Ph.D. Graduate student, History Dept., Princeton University

Monday, March 3, 2014

12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

CUNY Dominican Studies Institute
Archives and Library
NAC Building, Room 2/202
The City College of New York
160 Convent Avenue
New York, NY 10031