Having had a great degree of success in his academic career, Don Pedro could have pursued a number of well-paying professional options in the U.S. but instead chose to return to his native Puerto Rico. This is the period where, in addition to starting a family, Don Pedro began his adult life where he felt it mattered most.
Two main public activities are taking place here: his work as a lawyer, and his work as a political activist. As a lawyer, Don Pedro is acting on his conviction to help the poor and oppressed of Puerto Rico. As a political activist, he is joining political spaces, makes a name for himself as a political writer, and eventually becomes a prominent advocate for Puerto Rico’s sovereignty at home and throughout Latin America.
Living A Life With Dignity When Don Pedro left Puerto Rico in 1912 for his university studies he was 19 years old. Finally returning to Puerto Rico permanently in 1921, Don Pedro was a full-fledged 28 year old adult that had gone through a series of deeply formative experiences over the course of nine years.Continue reading “Adult Life In Puerto Rico”
Joining The Movement For Independence Experienced in advocating for national liberation struggles, educated in several aspects of law, trained in military discipline and organization, seasoned in public speaking and debate, and, most importantly, committed to serving his country, Don Pedro had significant potential to become a successful political leader. After returning to Puerto Rico inContinue reading “Choosing A Political Party”
El Nacionalista de Ponce El Nacionalista de Ponce, as the only publication of the Nationalist Party of Puerto Rico, had an important role in both sustaining an active movement for independence and serving as a vehicle for Don Pedro to develop his leadership. When he joined the Nationalist Party in May 1924, Don Pedro alsoContinue reading “Nationalist Party Activism”
Internationalizing The Nationalist Movement Don Pedro accepted the mission of representing the Nationalist Party in a tour of Latin America on September 6, 1925 and did not depart from Puerto Rico until June 20, 1927. The significance of the undertaking was not lost on Don Pedro — he was so committed to making the tripContinue reading “El Maestro In Latin America, Pt.1”
Internationalizing The Nationalist Movement (Continued) Cuba: September 16 – December 1927 Cuba, at this time, was under the repressive dictatorship of General Gerardo Machado. Undaunted, Don Pedro spoke out publicly against the dictatorship, as he did on October 10 in a speech delivered at the statue of the Cuban revolutionary José Martí in Havana’s ParqueContinue reading “El Maestro In Latin America, Pt.2”