Puerto Rican Nationalist Party, 1948


Wars of independence plagued the Latin American world for decades; however, the fight for Puerto Rico is not acknowledged by its colonizer, the United States. By questioning the latter’s true intentions and exposing self-serving policies, the Nationalist Party must learn how to navigate their agenda even after the establishment of the Gag Law in 1948 which forbid people from speaking or writing about independence as well as owning or displaying a Puerto Rican flag. Meanwhile, the island as a whole still suffers from the effects the exploitation of its own arable land due to the excessive bombing of Vieques and Culebra. Pedro Albizu Campos leads an island isolated by distance, language, and culture into the fight for freedom as “United States citizens.” This committee will start around the time of the Jayuya uprising and simultaneously, its declaration of freedom, the nationalist party will have to decide how to proceed given the recent attempted assassination on President Truman and the backlash from the United States.