|Dear NACLA friends,
Join us this week as we continue our retrospective of Central America with an online article by John L. Hammond, sociology professor at the City University of New York and member of NACLA's editorial committee. He examines how his political awakening and activism has given him, us, a greater sense of geography:
"Even to many who paid attention to the rest of Latin America, Central America was terra incognita into the 1970s. As the Sandinista revolution heated up in Nicaragua, and the Farabundo Martí National Liberation Front (FMLN) launched offensives in El Salvador, I learned some of the names of people and movements, but I didn't really know where all these countries were.
I distinctly remember one night in the late 1970s when I pulled out the atlas and located them in the very small area that they occupied on the continental map. This was the beginning of my intense engagement with Central America, and there was much more to learn. As U.S. president Ronald Reagan said in December 1982, shortly after his first official trip to Latin America, "You'd be surprised. They're all individual countries."
For the full article, continue reading here.
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Greg Grandin: Turning the Tide Revisited: An Interview with Noam Chomsky
Annie Bird: Drugs and Business: Central America Faces Another Round of Violence
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Leticia Salomón: Honduras: A History That Repeats Itself
Michael Fox: Central American Solidarity, Then and Now: An Interview With Jenny Atlee
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NACLA's 45th Benefit Gala Update
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