Anti-colonial Texts from Central American Student Movements, 1929-1983 (Edinburgh University Press, 2017)
This volume collects more than sixty foundational documents from student protest from the front lines of revolution.
Few people know that student protest emerged in Latin America decades before the infamous student movements of Western Europe and the U.S. in the 1960s. Even fewer people know that Central American university students authored colonial agendas and anti-colonial critiques. In fact, Central American students were key actors in shaping ideas of nation, empire, and global exchange. Bridging a half-century of student protest from 1929 to 1983, this anthology takes the reader to Guatemala, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, and Costa Rica through editorials, speeches, letters, and pamphlets. Many available for the first time in English, these rich texts help scholars and popular audiences alike to rethink their preconceptions of student protest and revolution. The texts also illuminate key issues confronting social movements today: global capitalism, dispossession, privatization, development, and state violence.