The Time of Freedom: Campesino Workers in Guatemala's October Revolution

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University of Pittsburgh Press, 2001 - 287 σελίδες
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"The time of freedom" was the name that plantation workers--campesinos--gave to  Guatemala's national revolution of 1944-1954. Cindy Forster reveals the critical role played by the poor in organizing and sustaining this period of reform.

Through court records, labor and agrarian ministry archives, and oral histories, Forster demonstrates how labor conflict on the plantations prepared the ground for national reforms that are usually credited to urban politicians. She focuses on two plantation zones that generated exceptional momentum: the coffee belt in the highlands around San Marcos and the United Fruit Company's banana groves near Tiquisate. Although these regions were unlike in size and complexity, language and race, popular culture and work patterns, both erupted with demands for workers' rights and economic justice shortly after the fall of Castañeda in 1944.

A welcome balance to the standard "top-down" histories of the revolution, Forster's sophisticated analysis demonstrates how campesinos changed the course of the urban revolution. By establishing the context of grassroots mobilization, she substantially alters the conventional view of the entire revolution, and particularly the reforms enacted under President Albenz.

 

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Περιεχόμενα

Guatemalas Time of Freedom
1
1 The Meanings of Dictatorship
12
Race Poverty and Gender in San Marcos
35
3 Birth of the Revolution
74
4 Banana Workers and the United Fruit Company in Tiquisate
117
5 Agrarian Radicalism in San Marcos 19441952
138
6 Local Struggles and Land Reform
177
7 Elite Backlash and Revenge
197
Interview with Three Coffee Workers
223
Interview with Woman in the Struggle for Land
225
List of Interviews
227
Notes
231
Works Cited
271
Index
279
Back Cover
288
Πνευματικά δικαιώματα

Conclusion
214

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Cindy Forster has worked with immigrants rights networks in the San Francisco Bay area, with labor and human rights groups addressing problems in Central America, and as a union organizer with Justice for Janitors and the Silicon Valley Organizing Project. She is an assistant professor of history at Scripps College in Claremont, California.

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