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Black Flag Boricuas: Anarchism, Antiauthoritarianism, and th by Kirwin R. Shaffer

By Kirwin R. Shaffer

This pathbreaking research examines the novel Left in Puerto Rico from the ultimate years of Spanish colonial rule into the Twenties. Positioning Puerto Rico in the context of a neighborhood anarchist community that stretched from Puerto Rico and Cuba to Tampa, Florida, and ny urban, Kirwin R. Shaffer illustrates how anarchists associated their fight to the wider overseas anarchist struggles opposed to faith, governments, and business capitalism. Their teams, speeches, and press accounts--as good because the newspapers that they published--were valuable in assisting to boost an anarchist imaginative and prescient for Puerto Ricans at a time whilst the island was once a political no-man's-land, neither an reliable U.S. colony or nation nor an self sustaining country.


Exploring the increase of artisan and worker-based facilities to advance type recognition, Shaffer follows the island's anarchists as they carefully joined the AFL-linked Federación Libre de Trabajadores, the biggest hard work association in Puerto Rico. Critiquing the union from inside, anarchists labored with reformers whereas carrying on with to pursue a extra radical time table completed via direct motion instead of parliamentary politics. Shaffer additionally lines anarchists' alliances with freethinkers trying to reform schooling, revolutionary factions engaged in attacking the Church and arranged faith, and the rising Socialist circulate at the island within the 1910s.


The so much profitable anarchist association to emerge in Puerto Rico, the Bayamón bloc based El Comunista, the longest-running, such a lot financially winning anarchist newspaper within the island's historical past. Stridently attacking U.S. militarism and interventionism within the Caribbean Basin, the newspaper chanced on starting to be distribution all through and monetary backing from Spanish-speaking anarchist teams within the usa. Shaffer demonstrates how the U.S. executive unique the Bayamón anarchists throughout the pink Scare and compelled the closure in their newspaper in 1921, successfully unraveling the anarchist circulate at the island.

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