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Puerto Rico under Colonial Rule
Political Persecution and the Quest for Human Rights
Puerto Rico under Colonial Rule
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Ramon Bosque-Perez - Editor
Jose Javier Colon Morera - Editor
Price: $70.00 
Hardcover - 270 pages
Release Date: December 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6417-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6417-5

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Paperback - 270 pages
Release Date: June 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6418-0
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6418-2

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Summary

Essays on human rights in Puerto Rico during the twentieth century.

Puerto Rico, one of the last and most populated colonial territories in the world, occupies a relatively unique position. Its lengthy interaction with the United States has resulted in the long-term acquisition of expanded legal rights and relative political stability. At the same time, that interaction has simultaneously seen political intolerance and the denial of basic rights, particularly toward those who have challenged colonialism. In Puerto Rico under Colonial Rule, academics and intellectuals from the fields of political science, history, sociology, and law examine three themes: evidence of state-sponsored political persecution in the twentieth century, contemporary issues, and the case of Vieques.

“…a true and seldom explored history of how the voices of decolonization in Puerto Rico were silenced by agencies of the United States and Puerto Rico through often illegal means. It is a history the American public is not aware of, but should know.” — from the Foreword by Congressman José E. Serrano

“This anthology is a solid addition to the literature on anticolonial struggles in 20th-century Puerto Rico. It contains a critical analysis of the handling of dissident movements by the United States and Commonwealth governments and provides a sorely needed English language source on the interplay between state-sponsored repression, political sovereignty, and human rights.” — CENTRO Journal

“This book offers a thorough and current discussion—the best available in English—of the twentieth-century history of political persecution and human rights in Puerto Rico.” — Andrés Torres, coeditor of The Puerto Rican Movement: Voices from the Diaspora

“The extent of official United States repression of the independence movement in Puerto Rico is not widely known or acknowledged. The editors and contributors do a good job of bringing the most salient facts of this black page of United States governmental policy and practice to light.” — Gerald Meyer, coeditor of The Lost World of Italian-American Radicalism: Politics, Labor, and Culture

Contributors include Ivonne Acosta-Lespier, César J. Ayala, Jorge Benítez-Nazario, Ramón Bosque-Pérez, Viviana Carro-Figueroa, María E. Estades-Font, Alberto L. Márquez, José Javier Colón Morera, José (Ché) Paralitici, José E. Rivera Santana, José E. Serrano, Jalil Sued-Badilló, and Jan Susler.

Ramón Bosque-Pérez is a Researcher at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College, The City University of New York. José Javier Colón Morera is Professor of Political Science at the University of Puerto Rico at Río Piedras. Bosque-Pérez and Colón Morera have also coedited Las Carpetas: Persecución politica y derechos civiles en Puerto Rico.


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Table of Contents

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
FOREWORD BY CONGRESSMAN JOSÉ E. SERRANO
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION: PUERTO RICO’S QUEST FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

PART I. POLITICAL PERSECUTION IN TWENTIETH-CENTURY PUERTO RICO

1. Political Persecution against Puerto Rican Anti-Colonial Activists in the Twentieth Century
Ramón Bosque-Pérez

2. The Critical Year of 1936 through the Reports of the Military Intelligence Division
María E. Estades-Font

3. The Smith Act Goes to San Juan: La Mordaza,1948-1957
Ivonne Acosta-Lespier

4. Imprisonment and Colonial Domination, 1898–1958
José (Ché) Paralitici

PART II. CONTEMPORARY ISSUES

5. Puerto Rico: The Puzzle of Human Rights and Self-Determination
José Javier Colón Morera

6. The Changing Nature of Intolerance
Jorge Benítez-Nazario

7. Puerto Rican Political Prisoners in U.S. Prisons
Jan Susler

8. Puerto Rican Independentistas: Subversives or Subverted?
Alberto L. Márquez

PART III. THE VIEQUES CASE

9. Vieques: To Be or Not to Be
Jalil Sued-Badillo

10. Expropriation and Displacement of Civilians in Vieques, 1940–1950
César J. Ayala and Viviana Carro-Figueroa

11. New Dimensions in Civil Society Mobilization: The Struggle for Peace in Vieques
José Javier Colón Morera and José E. Rivera Santana

FURTHER READING
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
INDEX



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