To Lead As Equals: Rural Protest and Political Consciousness in Chinandega, Nicaragua, 1912-1979 / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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.
|Publisher:||The University of North Carolina Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Jeffrey L. Gould is assistant professor of history at Indiana University.
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Students of Nicaragua will find this book useful for its documentation of the emergence of the Somoza regime, and its striking revisionist portrayal of the relationship between the Somoza power elite and popular struggles for land, workers' rights, and gradually, political power.Latin American Anthropology Review
[Offers] new and compelling interpretations of key events and watersheds in Nicaraguan history.Journal of Latin American Studies
Jeffrey Gould's beautifully written and passionate work, To Lead As Equals, brings the rural people of the northwestern Nicaraguan department of Chinandega to life. . . . One of the most original studies of twentieth-century Latin American agrarian movements to be found.Journal of Peasant Studies
A welcome addition for students of both Nicaraguan history and of rural protest in Central America and beyond.Journal of Development Studies
This is an outstanding piece of historical research and writing. The author has great sensitivity and respect for local ideology and culture. His use of oral historical sources is impeccable.Florencia E. Mallon, University of Wisconsin-Madison
In rich and extraordinary detail, Gould has presented a previously unexplored aspect of Nicaraguan political history, the existence of an active tradition of rural resistance … The view from Chinandega casts new light on both the Somocista state and on the Sandinista Revoulution, but most importantly, it introduces us the extraordinary lives and struggles of the campesinos ... This is a worthy companion to John Womack's Zapata and the Mexican Revolution.William Roseberry, in International Labor and Working Class History
To Lead as Equals reconstructs, virtually from scratch, major features of modern Nicaraguan history with the use of oral testimony, sugar estate and newspaper records. . . . A remarkable achievement.Lowell Gudmundson, University of Oklahoma
A rare book... an engaging ethnohistorical study of rural political protest in northwestern Nicaragua during this century.American Ethnologist
Essential reading for anyone interested in Third World peasant or labor movements, and it makes a valuable contribution to understanding the origins of the Nicaraguan revolution.American Historical Review