PUERTO RICO: A Dangerous Person

Just before World War I, Pedro Albizu Campos, a Puerto Rican mulatto, was a quiet, intelligent student at Harvard and a patriotic lieutenant in the R.O.T.C. The son of a wealthy Spanish sugar merchant and his Negro mistress, he was proud of his Spanish blood. But when the U.S. Army assigned him to a Negro regiment, it was a shock to Albizu that twisted his whole life. Back in Puerto Rico in 1921, he began to build a political career based on two ideas: hatred of the U.S. and national independence for Puerto Rico.

Albizu organized a following, the Nationalist...

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