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Race, Ideology, and the Decline of Caribbean Marxism$
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Anthony P. Maingot

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813061061

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813061061.001.0001

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Arturo Morales Carrión vs. Gordon K. Lewis

Arturo Morales Carrión vs. Gordon K. Lewis

On United States Colonialism in Puerto Rico

(p.57) 3 Arturo Morales Carrión vs. Gordon K. Lewis
Race, Ideology, and the Decline of Caribbean Marxism

Anthony P. Maingot

University Press of Florida

Puerto Rico was never part of American geopolitical interests in the Caribbean. It was a backward Spanish colony and, during the Spanish-American War, a backward American territory. Morales Carrión argues that the “Generation of 1940” and its leader, Luís Muñoz Marín, changed the island into a developed territory. Lewis, on the other hand, is systematically critical of the Estado Libre Asociado though a great admirer of Muñoz himself. Both Morales Carrión and Lewis are correct in their respective arguments that (1) Muñoz conveyed democracy to the island and (2) that the economic arrangement called “Operation Bootstrap” could not work.

Keywords:   Arturo Morales Carrión, Gordon K. Lewis, Colonialism, Luís Muñoz Marín, “Generation of 1940”, Estado Libre Asociado, “Operation Bootstrap”

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