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ERIC Number: EJ845060
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0994
Colonial Memory and the Crime of Rhetoric: Pedro Albizu Campos
Villanueva, Victor
College English, v71 n6 p630-638 Jul 2009
Dr. Albizu Campos was a Harvard-educated Puerto Rican politician who was sentenced to eighty years of imprisonment for what he said--sedition. He was called "el Maestro," a powerful speaker, with thousands gathering to listen to his deliberative rhetoric for freedom. He urged the people to reclaim their cultural history and national symbols, like the national anthem and the "monoestrella," the one-star flag. But though he spoke for the worker and the peasant, his appeal was limited to the middle class when time came for votes. He remained a symbolic figure, not one who ever really moved the masses, never rousing more than five percent of Puerto Rico's voters. In this essay, the author traces the life of Dr. Albizu Campos.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Puerto Rico