Solidarity Under Siege: The Salvadoran Labor Movement, 1970-1990

3:30pm, Friday, May 1
Online, via Facebook

Join The College Arts + Humanities Institute Bloomington for a discussion with Distinguished Professor of History and documentary filmmaker Jeffrey L. Gould, in conversation with CAHI’s Interim Director, Deborah Cohn. The two will discuss Gould’s recent book, Solidarity Under Siege: The Salvadoran Labor Movement, 1970-1990 (Cambridge University Press), with a Q&A to follow. 

This event is presented in partnership with the IU Arts and Humanities Council, and will be streamed live via the Council’s Facebook page. (A Facebook account is not needed to join the event.) 

El Salvador’s long civil war had its origins in the state repression against one of the most militant labor movements in Latin American history. Solidarity Under Siege vividly documents the port workers and shrimp fishermen who struggled yet prospered under extremely adverse conditions during the 1970s only to suffer discord, deprivation and, eventually, the demise of their industry and unions over the following decades. Featuring material uncovered in previously inaccessible union and court archives and extensive interviews conducted with former plant workers and fishermen in Puerto el Triunfo and in Los Angeles, Gould presents the history of the labor movement before and during the country’s civil war, its key activists, and its victims into sharp relief, shedding new and valuable light on the relationships between rank and file labor movements and the organized left in twentieth-century Latin and Central America. 

Jeffrey L. Gould is Distinguished Professor of History and former director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (1995-2008). He has published eleven books and translations, and produced and directed three documentary films. 

This event is free and available to the public via Facebook, presented by the College Arts + Humanities Institute and the IU Arts and Humanities Council. For more information, please email or call (812) 856-1169.

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