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War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's Colony
War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's Colony
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In 1950, after over fifty years of military occupation and colonial rule,
the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico staged an unsuccessful armed insurrection
against the United States. Violence swept through the island: assassins were
sent to kill President Harry Truman, gunfights roared in eight towns, police
stations and post offices were burned down. In order to suppress this uprising,
the US Army deployed thousands of troops and bombarded two towns, marking the
first time in history that the US government bombed its own citizens.

Nelson A. Denis tells this powerful story through the controversial life of
Pedro Albizu Campos, who served as the president of the Nationalist Party. A
lawyer, chemical engineer, and the first Puerto Rican to graduate from Harvard
Law School, Albizu Campos was imprisoned for twenty-five years and died under
mysterious circumstances. By tracing his life and death, Denis shows how the
journey of Albizu Campos is part of a larger story of Puerto Rico and US

Through oral histories, personal interviews, eyewitness accounts,
congressional testimony, and recently declassified FBI files, War Against All
Puerto Ricans tells the story of a forgotten revolution and its context in
Puerto Rico’s history, from the US invasion in 1898 to the modern-day struggle
for self-determination. Denis provides an unflinching account of the gunfights,
prison riots, political intrigue, FBI and CIA covert activity, and mass hysteria
that accompanied this tumultuous period in Puerto Rican history.

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