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Uncle Sam's Backyard

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A four-part series about American power, and challenges to it, in the Caribbean area.
3: Puerto Rico: Who wants to be in America?
'The United States is the foremost colonial power in the world because it has the most important colony in the world, which is Puerto Rico.' RUBEN BERRIOS
(Independence Party)
Puerto Rico is a full-blown American colony and playground in the Caribbean. Its citizens, holding American passports, have flooded into mainland cities for work and all that the United States has to offer. Now, a powerful movement is under way to make the island the fifty-first State and give its people equal rights.
But growing too is an increasingly violent campaign to rid Puerto Rico entirely of United States domination. Bombings on the island and in mainland cities have killed many.
Puerto Rico is of major strategic importance to the United States and provides a huge naval base in this tense area of the world.
Bernard Falk reports on why America needs an island which could become the Ulster of the Caribbean.
Executive producer JOHN REYNOLDS Producer IAN TAYLOR

Contributors

Unknown: Ruben Berrios
Unknown: Bernard Falk
Producer: John Reynolds
Producer: Ian Taylor

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Uncle Sam's Backyard

BBC One London, 3 July 1980 22.15






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