Puerto Rico under Colonial Rule

Political Persecution and the Quest for Human Rights

Edited by Ramon Bosque-Perez & Jose Javier Colon Morera

Subjects: Latin American Studies
Paperback : 9780791464182, 270 pages, June 2006
Hardcover : 9780791464175, 270 pages, December 2005

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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

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

Description

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.

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.