It was as a university student that Don Pedro fully emerged as the thinker, speaker, and do-er he eventually became known as.
He excelled in his coursework and education, became politically active, and began to think seriously about what his homeland would need to defend itself as a nation, all while managing to ensure his own livelihood far away from home.
What were the connections he was making? What were some of the initiatives and activities he became involved in?
Academics In The University Of Vermont And Harvard When he entered the University of Vermont in 1912 for its Fall semester, Don Pedro chose to major in agricultural engineering. Becoming known among students for wearing a black fedora hat, Don Pedro would also become known among teachers and faculty for his considerable intelligence. This recognitionContinue reading “Studies In New England”
Support Of Indian And Irish Independence While attending Harvard University, in addition to engaging with events and issues relating to Latin America and countries throughout the world, Don Pedro is recognized as having been specifically influenced by the revolutionary movements existing at the time in India and Ireland. With regard to the movement for IndianContinue reading “Solidarity And Spirituality”
Deciding To Receive Military Training During WW1 When the First World War began on July 28, 1914, Don Pedro had just finished his first year at Harvard. An active participant in student affairs on campus, he was exposed to many debates and discussions held on the war by student organizations, many with faculty participation. SomeContinue reading “R.O.T.C. Training At Harvard”
Commissioning As An Infantry Officer In Puerto Rico Despite the U.S. War Department’s authorization of Harvard’s R.O.T.C. program and later acknowledgment of its success by government officials, including generals and the Secretary of War, none of the 1,885 members that received instruction in that first class were given a commission as officers at graduation. Instead,Continue reading “Lieutenant Albizu Campos”