Just in Time for the July 4 Break, Congress Imposes ‘Colonialism at Its Worst’ on Puerto Rico

Shortly after the distribution of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Paine began writing the series of "American Crisis" essays that inspired Americans to maintain their arduous rebellion against colonialism. "We fight not to enslave, but to set a country free, and to make room upon the earth for honest men to live in," argued Paine in a series of pamphlets that concluded: "Our citizenship in the United States is our national character.