"Hamburgers over pupusas?… Never!" : Tracing Personal Rebukes of American Imperial Intervention in the Salvadoran Civil War
Haverford College. Department of History
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Since the 19th century, the United States has embarked on various interventions around the world to maintain an empire of influence and elevate its status to that of a global superpower. This was especially common in Latin America. In Central America specifically under the Cold War politic of the late 1970s, the victory of the Sandinistas in Nicaragua, coupled with a burgeoning leftist guerrilla movement in El Salvador, set the stage for American intervention in the Salvadoran Civil War. The American imperial intervention would manifest as the mass funding, arming, and training of the Salvadoran Army, creating a setup for mass civilian violence in the country throughout the war. This, coupled with American immigration policy denying Salvadorans legal access to the potential refuge of the United States, shaped and carved Salvadoran and Salvadoran American cultural identity. Tracing these identities as a reaction, a response, and sometimes a rebuke of the American intervention allows us to examine how American imperial intervention reflects onto the individual, an important scale to tackle in a realm that often looks at policy and its effect as a monolith.