The Hemisphere: Martyrdom Denied

After he was sentenced to death for his attempted assassination of President Harry Truman in November 1950, Oscar Collazo† showed no regret. Though he had lived in the U.S. for 14 of his 38 years, he burned with an unquenchable conviction that the U.S. had "enslaved" his native Puerto Rico. In his cell in the District of Columbia prison, the fanatical nationalist spent his time studying Latin, teaching a fellow prisoner Spanish, poring over the biographies of the great liberators Bolivar and San Martin. He would sign no petition for clemency on his behalf addressed to the White House. To his...

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