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War Against All Puerto Ricans
War Against All Puerto Ricans: Revolution and Terror in America's Colony | Nelson A. Denis
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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 colonialism. 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 Ricos 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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While this is but one necessary change for the island, it is a significant one. #RickyRenuncio

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The narrator sounds like Casey Cassem, but in a bad way. I just started listening. Hopefully it will become normal after a while.

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Has anyone seen this article? Think maybe a shortage of medications will get PR the help they need?


LibrarianRyan I would hope so. 2y
CatLass007 It will just give the pharmaceutical companies an opportunity to raise drug prices. Nothing will be done to help Puerto Rico. I‘m pessimistic today, I guess. (Shared this article on Facebook.) (edited) 2y
OrangeMooseReads I was thinking the same thing as @CatLass007 and the powers that be don‘t give a hoot about our health or health care anyway. Sadly this probably won‘t make anything better and that makes me angry and sad. 2y
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Off-topic: When a lot of crap is going on in the world, I often do one of two things: 1. Read 2. Dust off my organizing skills.

This month, I decided to help a friend organize a massive fundraiser for the hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico.

If you live near Charlotte #NorthCarolina please consider attending! We are collecting both material & financial donations, so you can also help from anywhere in the nation. #puertorico #hurricanemaria

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The view from my hammock. Post-Hurricane María. No electricity and no gasoline have @BookishMarginalia and I out in the terrace all day as the house is stifling hot.

IamIamIam Been keeping an eye on the USPS to see when we can send packages!!! Keep us posted & let us know what we can send once mail delivery starts again!!! 2y
AThousandLives87 Oh thank goodness you're safe and sound!!! 2y
AudreyMorris I have been wondering about you two!! Glad to hear you are ok. 2y
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4thhouseontheleft Ditto what @IamIamIam said! Please let us know what you need! @BookishMarginalia #litsypenpals 2y
Libby1 💕 2y
WanderingBookaneer @IamIamIam & @4thhouseontheleft : Our postal address is actually my mother-in-law's house 15 miles away. Will post when we have USPS AND gasoline to go pick up care packages, but thank you. 2y
IamIamIam Definitely keep us posted!!! 2y
brilliantglow Glad to see you are both okay❤❤❤❤❤ 2y
DivineDiana Sending ❤️ 2y
CocoReads Happy to hear that you're both ok. I've been wondering. ❤️❤️🙏🙏 2y
moranadatter Glad to see you are safe. 💙 2y
minkyb Continued ❣️ 2y
WarpedSweetness I'm ad you guys are safe. I'm so sorry for the devastation. 2y
WarpedSweetness Glad* not ad 2y
Grrlbrarian So glad you are safe! Hang in there!!! 2y
JacqMac Glad you're safe. I hope things start to improve soon. ❤️ 2y
LauraBeth So glad y‘all are okay ❤️ 2y
Lmstraubie Glad you are safe!!💗 2y
LauraBrook How are the cats? 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage I've been thinking of you both and @gibblr also. 💕 2y
kspenmoll Do glad to hear how you are. Let us know when/what we can send you both! ♥️♥️ 2y
bookwrm526 Glad to hear from you that you are safe!! 2y
mdhughes72 How are you managing? 2y
emilyhaldi Ugh 🔥😣 glad you have some books to help you through! 2y
WanderingBookaneer @LauraBrook Cats are ok. Wondering why the mommies spend most of the day outside in the terrace instead of inside giving them love. 2y
WanderingBookaneer @mdhughes72 Went in search of water yesterday and found none around our house. We get water at the house every other day. We've been gathering some to boil and drink if we can't find drinking water soon.Gas station by our house is boarded up. So we have to venture further to look for gasoline. (edited) 2y
Pagehabit Hey Jeimy!! We're PageHabit, a book subscription box with a twist. We're going to be doing a very large giveaway soon and we'd love to work with you on promoting it on Litsy. We'd love it if you could email us at hello@PageHabit.com so that we can share the details and compensation with you. Thanks for your consideration 😊😊❤️ 2y
Cinfhen I'm worried about you guys 😥situation sounds terrible ~ I'm glad you and @BookishMarginalia have each other for support. 2y
heikemarie Hey @Pagehabit - I'm sure your product and giveaway are cool but given the content of this post, I'd consider refraining. Maybe it's just me but your post comes off as super insensitive. Jeimy, glad you all are safe and please do let us know if there's anything specific we can do for youngish outside of general donations. 2y
gibblr Also @Pagehabit I signed up for a box and was informed via email that my payment FAILED. No kidding. Maybe you heard of that Cat 4 hurricane that ripped directly through our island? Prob won't receive any payment from me in the future either. Too bad, I was looking forward to the box... 2y
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Need a break from post-hurricane clean up. I started reading this one-sided, sensationalistic book a while back, but certain decisions based on colonialist-mindset have ired me and inspired me to pick it up.

DivineDiana I am so sad for Puerto Rico right now. 🙁 2y
Cinfhen How are you guys holding up in terms of basic needs? Thinking of you all xx 2y
8little_paws Sending you love. I really found this book interesting 2y
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WanderingBookaneer @Cinfhen We've been holed up at home since last Monday. We are doing well. Afraid to go out and face abandoned cars on the road, traffic jams, car crashes, and of waiting in line for over 3 hours for gasoline or ATMs. We keep pushing back the date of when we'll venture out. First we said Saturday, we had considered Wednesday, but are currently talking about Friday or Saturday. 2y
DebinHawaii Thinking of all of you. 💜 2y
SoniaC Sending you guys my prayers. Glad you're ok. 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess Sending you prayers and hugs! 2y
Cinfhen What can we do to help??? I can't imagine what that feels like, afraid to venture outside. Very dystopian 😥I know you have plenty of books but what about food, water? My heart is heavy...sending love ~ 2y
WanderingBookaneer @Cinfhen : Thanks for your concern but neither the US Postal Service or Fed-Ex are delivering. Don't know about UPS. Airport is only allowing 10 flights in and out of the island daily. We should be good for food until next week. We'll venture out before then. We saw trucks clearing debris from the road behind my house yesterday and we heard policemen directing traffic at the intersection. 2y
Cinfhen Please keep me updated on your situation ~ what about the others? Have u heard from them at all? When postal delivery resumes I'd like to send a care package, especially if @Figgy @gibblr are in need as well.... 2y
Bklover Have been thinking of you. Can‘t imagine what this is like for you. Following the news is very disheartening. Sending you guys hugs! 2y
WanderingBookaneer @Cinfhen : I have not heard from @Gissy , but we have been in touch with our fellow Puerto Rican Littens. 2y
Gissy @Cinfhen @WanderingBookaneer I'm ok. I had been at work all this time, staying there because they activate us in emergency situation. I just slept in my apt 3 days ago. I'm exhausted but happy that I could helped. We must continue helping each other and help the country in this recovery process. Many bad things are happening but out there are good people that wants to help. My neighborhood had been amazing. This is a new beginning. 2y
Cinfhen Thank God you are safe @Gissy 💕I love your positive attitude #NewBeginnings 🙌🏻 2y
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This was a powerful read. Well written and as easy to get into as the subject matter was hard to reconcile. Important read and felt as though it successfully paid homage to Pedro Albizu and those who have their life for freedom.

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#todayinsj 1937 Ponce massacre. 19 civilians killed at a peaceful march by the US-appointed governor. Hundreds more wounded.

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This has to be by next read.

8little_paws I'd love to hear what you think of it, as a resident of the island. 3y
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You guys! All you dnf posts are a freaking bummer today. So I'm celebrating #recommendsday by featuring this really informative and intense book about the history of Puerto Rico and US involvement. They sure didn't teach me this when I was growing up. It's on Hoopla audio and if you're looking to learn about the history you weren't taught, go grab this one.

WhatDeeReads You are killing it on Hoopla audio. 3y
8little_paws @Lucky_LaDee this is actually a backlist post for me. I listened to this.... Either 2016 or 15, but pre-litsy. But seeing as it's recommendsday, I thought it would be nice to give this book a little love here too!! 3y
Smangela @8little_paws lol so true #DNf is depressing 3y
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Follows the nationalist movement in Puerto Rico and the US's capture and control of the island. Not a story widely told or known. Astonishing details about US foreign policy and treatment of Puerto Ricans. Such an important book to help us know the past and work towards a better future.

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Part of my Read Harder challenge for Book Riot. I have never known the history of Puerto Rico. So devastating. This book has inspired me to find out more about Puerto Rico, past and present.

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