Center for Puerto Rican Studies, Hunter College, CUNY, CEN_JC_B14F5_1084
Press release with statement given by Jesús Colón to the Walter Committee on Un-American Activities, held at Foley Square, New York, NY, November 16, 1959. The House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC), 1934-1975, was initiated to investigate suspected threats to the United States government and the spread of subversive propaganda within the country. Colón was called to testify before the committee as a result of his political affiliation with the Communist Party.
In the first paragraph, what groups does Mr. Colón say that the House Un-American Activities Committee has not investigated?
In the fifth paragraph, how does Mr. Colón describe the U.S. takeover of Puerto Rico in 1898? How does he describe the new invasion by the House Un-American Activities Committee?
In paragraph 12, Colón references the committee hearings and says that they show the need for what political change for Puerto Rico? Why?
What is Mr. Colón’s feeling toward the Cuban Revolution?
Why is the House Un-American Activities Committee targeting Puerto Ricans?
When and where did Mr. Colón give this speech?
Research the term "one-crop agricultural economy," and give an oral report on the historical consequences of the sugar-based economy in Puerto Rico.
Research the movement for Puerto Rican independence. What are the costs and benefits of cutting its special relationship with the United States?
English Language Arts: Mr. Colón was a writer, one of the leaders of the Nuyorican Movement of Puerto Rican intellectuals and artists. Investigate the writings of Colón and other members of the movement, such as Esmerelda Santiago, Miguel Piñero, Pedro Pietri, and Piri Thomas.
Foreign Language: Translate the Spanish statements at the end of the speech into English.
Colón, Jesús. 1982. A Puerto Rican in New York, 2nd ed. New York: International Publishers, 1982.
De Wagenheim, Olga Jimenez, and Kal Wagenheim, eds. 2002. The Puerto Ricans: A Documentary History. Princeton: Markus Wiener, 2002.
Kihss, Peter. “10 Evade Queries on Reds’ Activity.” New York Times, November 17, 1959.
Morris, Richard B. 1982. Encyclopedia of American History, 6th ed. New York: Harper & Row Publishers, 1982.
Santiago, Esmeralda. 1993. When I was Puerto Rican. Boston: Addison Wesley, 1993.