Central America's Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence, and the Roots of Migration Free Audiobook Download by Aviva Chomsky

The U.S. backed the military dictatorships of Central America in the 1950s and 60s, and funded coups, civil wars, and other violence to maintain U.S. interests in the region. The United States played a key role in bringing about the conditions that led to mass migration to the U.S., explains Chomsky in this History Book Club selection read by Mexican-American writer Aida Reluzco. The turning point came in 1965 when a small group of insurgents took over a coffee plantation in Guatemala, which would spark an army coup six days later that brought General Jorge Ubico back from retirement; the president was murdered days after he returned. (1)

Aviva Chomsky's book, Central America's Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence, and the Roots of Migration, is a factual account of the history of Central America. The author explains how violence has been an integral part of the history and society in Central America. She describes struggles among indigenous groups that have roots deep within the country's colonization by Spain.

Aviva Chomsky's book, Central America's Forgotten History: Revolution, Violence, and the Roots of Migration is a richly detailed look at the social upheaval that occurred in Guatemala over the course of less than three decades. It traces the origins of this violence back to the Spanish conquest and shows how native cultures were systematically overturned and destroyed. The author uncovers a history that has been "forgotten" for decades and documents how these historical events continue to shape contemporary social movements.

In this narrative non-fiction work, Aviva Chomsky tells the story of Central America from a historical perspective. From the revolution of 1821 to the triumph of military regimes and the 'American' invasion in 1954, Chomsky traces how violence, immigration and militarisation have always been interconnected issues in Central American history. The book is an important read for those who are not well-versed in Latin American history but it is also informative for those who may be familiar with these topics.

In the 1930s, Central America was in upheaval, with many countries trying to make their way into the modern world. While Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador had been under foreign domination for centuries, it was Nicaragua that led a popular revolution against them. The United States aided the Nicaraguan government in its fight against Spain and its allies to gain independence. In 1931, José Santos Zelaya became president of Nicaragua and in his manifesto called for "the reorganization of our country's internal life" and demanded that "the road to full independence [be] blocked." These three revolutions would change the course of Central American history forever

In this audiobook, Aviva Chomsky speaks to the audience about Central America's forgotten history. The speaker discusses how there have been many revolutions in Central America and that one of the draws was the hope of a better life. The speaker discusses how these revolutions were often violent resulting in deaths and displacement for many of those who participated.

Published Date 2021-04-20
Duration 10 hours 41 minutes
Author Aviva Chomsky
Narrated Aida Reluzco
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Abridged No
Is It Free? 30-days Free
Category Politics
Parent Category Political Advocacy, Social Science, Latin America

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