Course Description

Latin American History

HILA 3051

Modern Central America

Spring 2017

The Lived Experience in 20th Century Central America

How have Central Americans and Americans experienced the twentieth century in Central America?  We will be reading testimonials, memoirs, documentaries and novels to get at the personal experiences of daily life in these deeply conflicted social orders.   We will read them in the following order, together with a synthetic history of Central American countries by John Booth.   I am not asking the bookstore to get them, as you can obtain them all much cheaper on line.  You will write a journal in two installlments, and a final 15 page essay for the course.  No exams. All the books are fantastic, and good reads.   Do not buy the June Erlick book, as I will lend you a copy. 

Omar Cabezas, Fire From the Mountain

Stephen Kinzer, Blood of Brothers:  Life and War in Nicaragua                 

Gioconda Belli, The Country Under My Skin

Stephen Schlesinger, Bitter Fruit:  The Story of the American Coup in Guatemala

June Erlick, Disappeared:  A Journalist Silenced

Rigoberta Menchú, I, Rigoberta Menchú:  An Indian Woman From Guatemala

Francisco Goldman, The Art of Political Murder

María López Vigil, Oscar Romero:  Memories in Mosaic

Ana Carrigan, Salvador Witness

Manlio Argueta, One Day of Life

Mark Danner, The Massacre at El Mozote

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Corcoran Department of History
University of Virginia
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Charlottesville, VA 22904


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