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Seams of EmpireRace and Radicalism in Puerto Rico and the United States$
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Carlos Alamo-Pastrana

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813062563

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813062563.001.0001

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The Puerto Rican Blueprint

The Puerto Rican Blueprint

(p.17) 1 The Puerto Rican Blueprint
Seams of Empire

Carlos Alamo-Pastrana

University Press of Florida

Black nationhood for the oppressed Black majority in the U.S. South became a major theoretical question raised during the 1920s among radical African Americans and Communists. Nonetheless, Black self-determination in the U.S. South remained a highly abstract idea and was eventually overshadowed by larger theoretical models including Black Internationalism and Pan-Africanism. Accordingly, the interest expressed by Black journalists in Puerto Rico was not accidental or merely the random musings of tropical tourists working as journalists. This chapter argues that the rapid deterioration of the colonial economy and social conditions in Puerto Rico coincided with the rise of Black radicalism and internationalism in the Black community in the United States.

Keywords:   Black radicalism, African American newspapers, racism

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