The struggle for the Independence of Puerto Rico
Second English Edition 2020
In 1949, Juan Antonio Corretjer brought to light the political essay in book form titled La lucha por la independencia de Puerto Rico. It was an account of the colonial situation of the Island with a brief history that began with the Lares Uprising in 1868, up to 1949. The situation, as then still exists today, and with a sense of urgency, it is as poignant today as it was then. It is necessary to alert the public of the desperate need of sovereignty that Puerto Rico, its islands and people face today and in the immediate future.
JUAN ANTONIO CORRETJER
(March 3, 1908 – January 19, 1985)
Juan Antonio Corretjer, born in Ciales, Puerto Rico on March 3, 1908, was a poet of extraordinary sensibility, essayist, journalist, and gifted speaker. One of the most important Puerto Rican political and literary figures of all time, his many poetic works were inspired by his love for his homeland. Life in the country is presented in all of its dimensions and perspectives, gathering the innermost feelings of the nation, and shaping the poetic lifeblood of its history. A recurrent theme in his poetry is the love of family, which to him is not only parents, wife, and children, but also the people from his country.
Citations that speak to subject of independance in Puerto Rico.
is still real
The imposition by the United States Congress of a Junta de Control Fiscal (Fiscal Supervision Board), the push from the present pro annexation governing party, the Partido Nuevo Progresista, towards statehood for Puerto Rico; the scandalous behavior of that party’s leaders who detoured aid for the needy following hurricanes Irma and María, as they sold favors for millionaire contracts while obeying the demands from the Junta to apply neoliberal austerity measures in order to pay an odious and illegal debt to vulture funds from Wall Street, while unemployment and poverty rise, and many take flight to uncertainty in the United States, makes this book a necessity for those who wish for a different fate for Puerto Rico and its People.