Rigoberta Menchu Tum: Activist for Indigenous Rights in Guatemala

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In 1992, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Rigoberta Menchu Tum, a 33-year-old Mayan Indian from Guatemala. Menchu grew up in a small village in Guatemala's rural highlands. By the 1980s, that village and others would be destroyed, victims of the military's scorched-earth campaign. Menchu's mother, father, and brother were killed by the military. In response to the horrors she witnessed, Menchu began working with various groups to gain better treatment for Guatemala's indigenous population. In 1983, the ...
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Overview

In 1992, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Rigoberta Menchu Tum, a 33-year-old Mayan Indian from Guatemala. Menchu grew up in a small village in Guatemala's rural highlands. By the 1980s, that village and others would be destroyed, victims of the military's scorched-earth campaign. Menchu's mother, father, and brother were killed by the military. In response to the horrors she witnessed, Menchu began working with various groups to gain better treatment for Guatemala's indigenous population. In 1983, the autobiographical book I, Rigoberta Menchu was published to international acclaim, and its account of the struggle in Guatemala thrust the young woman into the spotlight. Menchu continues to work for a peaceful and just solution to the conflict that still haunts her homeland, bringing national and international attention to her cause.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780791089989
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2007
  • Series: Modern Peacemakers Series
  • Pages: 120
  • Age range: 11 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents


Life and Peace     1
Childhood in the Mountains     8
The Story of All Poor Guatemalans     18
Interrupted Childhood     26
In Service     37
Guatemalan in Exile     52
Guatemala in Crisis     64
Nobel Prize     71
Menchu's Legacy     82
Appendix     96
Chronology     101
Notes     103
Bibliography     106
Further Reading     108
Index     110
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