(1901–1974), writer. Jesús Colón was born into a working-class family in Cayey, Puerto Rico. At age sixteen he moved to New York, where he worked in a variety of jobs, including “washing dishes, working on the docks, or at the many odd jobs in innumerable factories and shops” (Colón 1993, p. 37). His wide range of jobs allowed him to witness the exploitation and abuse suffered by lower-class and unskilled laborers. Although Colón finished high school in New York and attended two years of college, he was primarily a self-taught individual, a tireless reader, and a collector of books and other written material, such as pamphlets, invitations, newsletters, leaflets, and periodical articles. He became increasingly aware of social, political, and economic issues as he ventured deeper into Anglo-American society.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Latinos and Latinas in the United States in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: United States History.