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To Rise in Darkness: Revolution, Repression, and Memory in El Salvador, 1920-1932

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"To Rise in Darkness" offers a new perspective on a defining moment in modern Central American history. In January 1932 thousands of indigenous and "ladino" (non-Indian) rural laborers, provoked by electoral fraud and the repression of strikes, rose up and took control of several municipalities in central and western El Salvador. Within days the military and civilian militias retook the towns and executed thousands of people, most of whom were indigenous. This event, known as "la Matanza" (the massacre), has received relatively little scholarly attention. In "To Rise in Darkness," Jeffrey L. Gould and Aldo A. Lauria-Santiago investigate memories of the massacre and its long-term cultural and political consequences.

Gould conducted more than two hundred interviews with survivors of la Matanza and their descendants. He and Lauria-Santiago combine individual accounts with documentary sources from archives in El Salvador, Guatemala, Washington, London, and Moscow. They describe the political, economic, and cultural landscape of El Salvador during the 1920s and early 1930s, and offer a detailed narrative of the uprising and massacre. The authors challenge the prevailing idea that the Communist organizers of the uprising and the rural Indians who participated in it were two distinct groups. Gould and Lauria-Santiago demonstrate that many Communist militants were themselves rural Indians, some of whom had been union activists on the coffee plantations for several years prior to the rebellion. Moreover, by meticulously documenting local variations in class relations, ethnic identity, and political commitment, the authors show that those groups considered "Indian" in western El Salvador were far from homogeneous. The united revolutionary movement of January 1932 emerged out of significant cultural difference and conflict.

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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780822342281
ISBN-10: 0822342286
Pagini: 368
Ilustrații: 36 illustrations
Dimensiuni: 160 x 228 x 24 mm
Greutate: 0.55 kg
Editura: Duke University Press

Cuprins

1 Garden of Despair: the Political Economy of Class, Land, and Labor; 2 A Bittersweet Transition: Politics and Labor in the 1920s; 3 Fiestas of the Oppressed: the Social Geography and Culture of Mobilization; 4 “Ese Trabajo Era Enteramente de los Naturales”: Ethnic Conflict and Mestizaje in Western Salvador, 1914–1931; 5 “To the Face of the Entire World”: Repression and Radicalization, September 1931—January 1932; 6 Red Ribbons and Machetes: The Insurrection of January 1932; 7 “They Killed the Just for the Sinners”: The Counter-Revolutionary Massacres; 8 Memories of the Massacre: The Political and Cultural Consequences of 1932; Epilogue; Afterword

Recenzii

“To Rise in Darkness is a remarkable achievement. It completely transforms understanding of one of the most important political events in twentieth-century Central America.” Lowell Gudmundson, Mount Holyoke College “To Rise in Darkness tells the story of the 1932 Communist-led uprising in El Salvador and the violent repression that followed, one of the most consequential events in Latin American history. As a prelude to the widespread terror that would sweep throughout Central America during the Cold War, this killing is beginning to receive scholarly attention, yet To Rise in Darkness will be the touchstone for future discussion of the 1932 revolt and massacre. Based on painstaking research and and exhibiting a sharp conceptual focus, this book will influence scholarship on the relationship between political mobilization, ideology, and violence for years to come." Greg Grandin, author of The Blood of Guatemala: A History of Race and Nation
"To Rise in Darkness is a remarkable achievement. It completely transforms understanding of one of the most important political events in twentieth-century Central America." Lowell Gudmundson, Mount Holyoke College "To Rise in Darkness tells the story of the 1932 Communist-led uprising in El Salvador and the violent repression that followed, one of the most consequential events in Latin American history. As a prelude to the widespread terror that would sweep throughout Central America during the Cold War, this killing is beginning to receive scholarly attention, yet To Rise in Darkness will be the touchstone for future discussion of the 1932 revolt and massacre. Based on painstaking research and and exhibiting a sharp conceptual focus, this book will influence scholarship on the relationship between political mobilization, ideology, and violence for years to come." Greg Grandin, author of The Blood of Guatemala: A History of Race and Nation

Notă biografică

Jeffrey L. Gould is James H. Rudy Professor of History and Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at the University of Indiana. His books include "To Die in This Way: Nicaraguan Indians and the Myth of Mestizaje, 1880-1965," also published by Duke University Press. He is a co-producer and co-director of the documentary film "Scars of Memory: El Salvador, 1932."Aldo A. Lauria-Santiago is Associate Professor of History and Chair of the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies at Rutgers University. He is the author of "An Agrarian Republic: Commercial Agriculture and the Politics of Peasant Communities in El Salvador, 1823-1914" and a coeditor of "Identity and""Struggle at the Margins of the Nation-State: The Laboring Peoples of Central America and the Hispanic Caribbean," also published by Duke University Press.

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""To Rise in Darkness "tells the story of the 1932 Communist-led uprising in El Salvador and the violent repression that followed, one of the most consequential events in Latin American history. As a prelude to the widespread terror that would sweep throughout Central America during the Cold War, this killing is beginning to receive scholarly attention, yet "To Rise in Darkness "will be the touchstone for future discussion of the 1932 revolt and massacre. Based on painstaking research and exhibiting a sharp conceptual focus, this book will influence scholarship on the relationship between political mobilization, ideology, and violence for years to come."--Greg Grandin, author of "The Blood of Guatemala: A History of Race and Nation"