During the period from 1920 to 1938, before the emergence of the Popular Democratic Party, the ideals of statehood, independence and autonomy competed to become the official ideology of the Puerto Rican government. While this was happening, a group of intellectuals, with Pedreira as helmsman, developed an alternative speech per which political parties in Puerto Rico were one of the main impediments to the full formation of a Puerto Rican nationality. This study deeply analyzes the positions of academics who disagree with the definitions that traditional parties offered their own version of what was the true essence of Puerto Ricans. This struggle to define what Puerto Rico was and what the Puerto Ricans where is nothing more than a struggle for power, for the nation itself is an imaginary of power.

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