By Alex W. Maldonado
"Fascinating.... (Maldonado's) wide interviews of Moscoso are certain and assist in making this a hugely unique work.... He merits this quantity of awareness because the guy who, subsequent to Luis Munoz, used to be the dominant determine within the Puerto Rico renaissance of the 1950s". -- Thomas L. Hughes, Carnegie Endowment for foreign Peace
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Two-thirds of the churches and chapels were demolished. As he attempted to write, his hand trembled. He described the horror of whole families trapped in their wooden homes, swept by the raging floods, terrified children crying out desperately for help, the houses collapsing, entire families disappearing in the water, the unearthing of hundreds of bodies of men, women, and children who sought shelter in buildings they considered safe, now buried under gigantic mud slides. Days after the hurricane, he wrote, ships entering Ponce harbor still found bodies floating in the bay.
Even though Moscoso had made this trip often, he was still struck by the spectacular scenic beauty of the island's lush, green interior. But there was also, inescapably, the ugliness of poverty. Even up in these rugged mountains, where agriculture was impossible except for a few small coffee farms, there were clusters of shacks with scrawny, potbellied children, their skins yellowish from bilharzia and malnutrition. Moscoso expected Tugwell to offer him the job of coordinating the federal housing programs in Puerto Rico.
In the farmhouse, stretched out in a jíbaro hammock, dressed in simple clothes, Muñoz seemed totally in his element. Moscoso saw immediately how radically different he was from the island's traditional leaders, stiff and formal men, always dressed in jackets and ties, who gave long speeches punctuated by obscure words that only a few could grasp. " But the jíbaros saw all of this as only a contest between machos, a thrilling cockfight at which bets were made. Most jíbaros sold their votes for two dollars.