The mounting po liti cal crisis of the sugar beet fi elds may have dissipated
surprisingly quickly, as the men dispersed and a potent fusion of anticom-
munism and denunciation of Puerto Rican in de pen dence activism swept
both the island and the United States, ending media attention to the mid-
western farmers’ exploitation of Puerto Ricans. However, the tensions sur-
rounding the Michigan experience persisted, extinguished in public, but
not easily resolved for the state or the migrants and their families. The male
sugar beet migrants found that their most enduring allies were not the poli-
ticians, journalists, church leaders, and union offi cials who had spoken pub-
licly on their behalf during the summer and fall of 1950. Rather, the most
Bregar does not offer a leap into the realm of freedom, neither a pure
martyrdom nor a redemption. Rather, it is a system of decisions and indecisions,
a back and forth which has permitted many to construct agency in a
[hostile] world.

Arcadio Díaz Quiñones, El arte de bregar
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