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Nationalist Heroines

Puerto Rican Women History Forgot, 1930s-1950s

Olga Jiménez de Wagenheim (author)

ISBN: 9781558766198

Publication Date: May 2016

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback  

From the moment the United States seized Puerto Rico, in 1898, to the 1950s, the islanders employed various forms of resistance against American colonial rule. While the male Nationalists have been celebrated as heroes in Puerto Rico, the women have gone unmentioned This book seeks to rescue the stories of the women who gave up their freedom in the quest to liberate their homeland.
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From the moment the United States seized Puerto Rico, in 1898, to the 1950s, the islanders employed various forms of resistance against American colonial rule. Starting in the 1930s a group of Nationalists was determined to free Puerto Rico, by armed struggle if necessary.

A Nationalist revolution took full force in 1950. A commando of men and women attacked the governor's residence and assaulted police stations throughout the island. Others attempted to assassinate President Truman In Washington. In 1954, Dolores Lebrón led three male companions in an attack on the U.S. House of Representatives in which five congressmen were shot for keeping Puerto Rico in bondage.

Massive arrests followed and forty-one women were detained, two of whom were sentenced to life in prison.

While the male Nationalists have been celebrated as heroes in Puerto Rico, the women have gone unmentioned This book seeks to rescue the stories of the women who gave up their freedom in the quest to liberate their homeland.

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"Exhaustively researched, meticulously presented, and utterly fascinating." – Midwest Book Review

"Her study of 16 nationalist women opens windows to broader questions about the existing historiography on women, men and Puerto Rican history. It not only corrects what was missing and overlooked, but also raises new questions for research. For example, Nationalist Heroines reveals with striking clarity the degree to which women described their political motivations in religious terms....

Her work, therefore, serves an important role in filling a significant gap in the historiography of Puerto Rico and the nationalist movement. But more than informing us of what we didn't know, it also challenges our understanding of the way we have understood the existing historical narrative."
- Centro Journal
Pages 277
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 May 2016
Publisher Markus Wiener Publishers
Subject/s History of the Americas   Gender studies: women   20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000  

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