To Lead As Equals: Rural Protest and Political Consciousness in Chinandega, Nicaragua, 1912-1979 / Edition 1

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This book is a carefully argued study of peasants and labor during the Somoza regime, focusing on popular movements in the economically strategic department of Chinandega in western Nicaragua. Jeffrey Gould traces the evolution of group consciousness among peasants and workers as they moved away from extreme dependency on the patron to achieve an autonomous social and political ideology. In doing so, he makes important contributions to peasant studies and theories of revolution, as well as our understanding of Nicaraguan history.

According to Gould, when Anastasio Somoza first came to power in 1936, workers and peasants took the Somocista reform program seriously. Their initial acceptance of Somocismo and its early promises of labor rights and later ones of land redistribution accounts for one of the most peculiar features of the pre-Sandinista political landscape: the wide gulf separating popular movements and middle-class opposition to the government. Only the alliance of the Frente Sandinista (FSLN) and the peasant movement would knock down the wall of silence between the two forces.

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Editorial Reviews

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A welcome addition for students of both Nicaraguan history and of rural protest in Central America and beyond.

Journal of Development Studies

Students of Nicaragua will find this book useful.

Latin American Anthology Review

Gould's beautifully written and passionate work . . . brings the rural people of the northwestern Nicaraguan department of Chinandega to life.

Journal of Peasant Studies

[Offers] new and compelling interpretations of key events and watersheds in Nicaraguan history.

Journal of Latin American Studies

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A study of peasants and labor under the Somoza regime, focusing on the economically strategic area of Chinandega in western Nicaragua. Gould (history, Indiana) traces the evolution of group consciousness as peasants and workers developed a social and political ideology separate from that of the patrons. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807842751
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 9/14/1990
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 0.87 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeffrey L. Gould is assistant professor of history at Indiana University.
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