By Jessica Stites Mor
Edited by means of Jessica Stites Mor, this booklet deals fine-grained case reports that convey how Latin America’s re-emerging Left remodeled the struggles opposed to dictatorship and repression of the chilly warfare into the language of anti-colonialism, socioeconomic rights, and identity.
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Government’s portrayal of itself and the colonial reality of Puerto Rico was so stark, independence for Puerto Rico and freedom for the Nationalist prisoners were key demands of democratic, leftist, and anti-imperialist forces across the western hemisphere during the 1950s. S. government understood that its colonization of Puerto Rico discredited its claims to promote democracy and human rights. S. government worked with Luis Muñoz Marín and the Popular Democratic Party to (supposedly) end Puerto Rico’s colonial status.
Enrique José Varona was one The Puerto Rican Nationalist Party 43 of the founders of the Junta Revolucionaria pro Independencia de Cuba y Puerto Rico in New York, along with José Martí and Ramón Emeterio Betances. Roig de Leuchsenring was the famous historian of Havana, whose support for Puerto Rican independence continued into the 1950s and beyond. See also Medina Ramírez, El movimiento libertador en la historia de Puerto Rico, 78–79. 19. Luis Nieves Falcón, Un siglo de represión política (San Juan: Optimática, 2009), 96; Ché Paralitici, Sentencia impuesta (San Juan: Ediciones Puerto, 2004), 66–68.
Capital amply demonstrated the full scope of this law. However, even before the uprising, the Nationalist Party was subject to increased repression and anticipated that more attacks were to come. S. government plans to carry out “the immediate assassination of Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos . . ”38 The Nationalist Party understood the change from an outright colony to a Free Associated State to be merely cosmetic; at the same time it was alarmed that the transformation could and, according to the vote for the constitution, apparently did deceive people, both in Puerto Rico and around the world, leading them to believe that colonialism had indeed ended in Puerto Rico.