WAR AGAINST ALL PUERTO RICANS

WAR AGAINST ALL PUERTO RICANS
Revolution and Terror in America’s Colony
BY NELSON A. DENIS

War Against All Puerto Ricans is a powerful, tragic, and untold history of U.S. intervention into the politics of Puerto Rico. From the U.S. invasion in 1898 to the modern day struggle for self-determination, Nelson Denis provides a panoramic history of an island once referred to by the New York Times as a significant “commercial value…it would be much better for [Puerto Rico] to come at once under the beneficent sway of these United States than to engage in doubtful experiments at self-government.”

Based on oral histories, personal interviews, eyewitness accounts, congressional testimony, and recently de-classified FBI files, War Against All Puerto Ricans tells the story of a revolution integral to Puerto Rican history, but virtually unknown to the American public: the Puerto Rican independence revolt of 1950. After over fifty years of military occupation and colonial rule, the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico staged an unsuccessful armed insurrection against the United States. Violence swept through Puerto Rico: assassins were sent to kill President Harry Truman, gunfights roared in eight towns, police stations and post offices were burned down. In order to suppress the uprising, the U.S. Army deployed thousands of troops and bombarded two towns, marking the first time in history that the U.S. bombed its own citizens.

In telling this story, Nelson Denis traces the lives of the key figures that shaped, directed and destroyed the revolution, including Pedro Albizu Campos, president of the Nationalist Party and leader of the Puerto Rican independence movement, who was eventually imprisoned and died under mysterious circumstances. It is an unflinching account of the gunfights, prison riots, political intrigue, FBI and CIA covert activity, and mass hysteria that accompanied this tumultuous period in Puerto Rican history.

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Author

WAR AGAINST ALL PUERTO RICANS

In April 2015, Nation Books will publish Denis’s War Against All Puerto Ricans, a study of the Nationalist revolution of 1950 in Puerto Rico. The book uses previously classified FBI documents, archival and university research, and over thirty years of personal interviews to document this little-known chapter in American history.

The book also details the greatest gunfight in Secret Service history, the attempted assassination of President Harry Truman, the arrest of 3,000 Puerto Ricans, and the bombing of two towns (Jayuya and Utuado) by the US government — the only time in history that the US ever bombed its own citizens.

EDITORIAL DIRECTOR

"El Diario/La Prensa"El Diario/La Prensa is the largest and oldest Spanish-language daily newspaper in New York, and the oldest Spanish-language daily in the United States

As its editorial director, Denis published over 300 editorials covering local, national and international news, as well as politics, business and technology, health, entertainment, and human interest stories.

"National Association of Hispanic Journalist" Denis’s work was recognized by the National Association of  Hispanic Journalists with multiple awards for “Best Editorial Writing,” political and cultural reporting, and feature writing.

In addition, Denis published feature articles, book and film reviews, and cover stories in the Harvard Political Review, New York Daily News, New York Newsday, andthe New York Sun.

SCREENWRITER

 Denis received the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship for his film Hound Dog, and the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) Fellowship for his screenplay Lenny’s Prayer.

Vote For Me "The Movie"

He also wrote and directed the feature film comedy Vote For Me! which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and screened at over a dozen others throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

The film was well received: 

The New York Times declared it “reminiscent of Spike Lee’s Do the Right Thing, but with a lighter touch.”

The Boston Globe found it “ebullient…politically charged…mixes quirkiness and cultural poignancy.”

The New York DailyNews called it “a media sensation.”

PLAYWRIGHT

Denis’s Radio Box premiered at the Theatre For a New City, and had an extended run at  the Chelsea Theatre Center in New York (now known as the Westside Theatre).

Denis’s courtroom drama Every Man For Himself was produced by the Theatre Off Park in New York City, and moved to the Little Theatre Off Broadway.

His one-act plays Doorkeeper and El Alcalde Machuchal were produced at the Trumbull Theatre at Yale University.

Denis was a member of the playwright’s unit at the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, the INTAR Theatre, and a playwright-in-residence at the Shaman Repertory Theatre.

TEACHER

"Writers Guild Of America east"Denis has passed on his writing experience to students at the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE), the NYU Graduate Film School, Touro College, the Puerto Rican Traveling Theatre, Shaman Repertory Theatre, Grosvenor Neighborhood House, Teachers and Writers Collaborative, and Poets in the Public Service.

SELECTED EDITORIALS

Lift the Cap on Charters; New York Daily News (4/5/2010)

http://www.nydailynews.com/opinion/lift-cap-charters-article-1.174607

Albany’s Political Club; New York Sun (12/21/06)

http://www.nysun.com/opinion/albanys-political-club/45540/

Late blooming woes to plague on-time budget; New York Daily News (4/12/05

http://finance.tc-library.org/Content.asp?uid=1048 

Reforming Albany takes more than talk; New York Newsday (1/22/07)

http://www.newsday.com/opinion/reforming-albany-takes-more-than-talk-1.573232

Los legisladores aprobaron un McBudget; El Diario La Prensa(5/12/05)

History still Roils Puerto Rico; New York Daily News (9/23/99)

La Crisis de Vivienda Publica; El Diario La Prensa (12/14/95)

Justicia para Julia de Burgos; El Diario La Prensa (10/8/95)

Silver screen tarnished for Latinos; New York Daily News(5/26/95)

Beware Primrose Pathmark; New York Daily News (4/24/95)

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