Transformation: The Story of Modern Puerto Rico

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CHAPTER VI
Growth of a Leader

PUERTO RICO'S POLITICAL LEADERS during the island's first three decades under American rule were men who stemmed from the Spanish regime and were Spanish in their thinking, orientations, and philosophy. Patriots, men of energy and integrity, passionate in their love for Borinquen,* they were also men of the nineteenth century who many times failed to understand the twentieth as it impinged on their society after the Spanish-American War. They were often bewildered by the urgent task of bringing about a successful relationship with the United States through the rapprochement of divergent cultures. America of those days was lusty, cocky, all-knowing in its new role as a world power, worshipfully devoted to the spirit of laissez faire under which no man was wiser than the successful American businessman even though he happened also to be a crook. Americans on the whole were condescendingly sentimental toward those millions of people of all colors whom President Theodore Roosevelt called "Our Little Brown Brothers" and whom the modern GI's have dubbed "Gooks," but also both ignorant and disdainful of the latter's habits of thought and cultural orienta

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The old Indian name for Puerto Rico, today used poetically as a term of affection.

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Transformation: The Story of Modern Puerto Rico
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Right Shall Again Prevail v
  • Contents vii
  • Foreword xv
  • Chapter I - Transformation 1
  • Chapter II - The Colony 21
  • Chapter III - The Anguish of Colonialism 40
  • Chapter IV - Colonialism Bankrupt 61
  • Chapter V - Tragic Lunacy 77
  • Chapter VI - Growth of a Leader 94
  • Chapter VII - Lobbyist 116
  • Chapter VIII - Reconstruction 135
  • Chapter IX - Disintegration 152
  • Chapter X - 1940 172
  • Chapter XI - Tugwell 190
  • Chapter XIII - Neither Radical nor Conservative 227
  • Chapter XV - Power and Industry 266
  • Chapter XVI - The Tourist Industry 284
  • Chapter XVII - Public Health 300
  • Chapter XVIII - Education 317
  • Chapter XIX - Civic Employment 336
  • Chapter XX - Culture Changes and The Population Problem 351
  • Chapter XXI - Migration 366
  • Chapter XXII - Where Now? 382
  • Index 405
  • About the Author 417
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