The Archives of Cuba: Los Archivos de Cuba

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This is an invaluable comprehensive guide to the archival holdings and manuscript collections located in depositories throughout Cuba.
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University of Pittsburgh Pre
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Published on
Dec 31, 2003
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Pages
217
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ISBN
9780822970736
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Language
English
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Genres
History / Caribbean & West Indies / General
Reference / Bibliographies & Indexes
Reference / Directories
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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 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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