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The Tattooed Soldier

Héctor Tobar                                                                                                         

A picture of U.S. involvement in Latin America  

U.S. Involvement in Latin America | School of the Americas

“Tell me about your training. Did you get to work with the Americans, with the Green Berets? You know, we have a battalion like yours in El Salvador. They’re called the Atlatacl Battalion… The American training is simply the best, isn’t it? These gringos know what they’re doing. Just look at their soldiers, real warriors.” (p. 29)

Critical Thinking and Discussion Questions

  • The United States has a lengthy history of involvement in Latin America. Has U.S. activity there been in the best interests of the United States?
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Dent, David W. (2005). Historical dictionary of U.S.-Latin American relations. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press. Reference North F1418 .F457 2005

Galeano, Eduardo. (2003). Las venas abiertas de América Latina. Buenos Aires, Argentina: Catalogos. HC125 .G253 2003

Galeano, Eduardo. (1974). Open veins of Latin America: five centuries of the pillage of a continent. New York: Monthly Review Press. HC125 .G25

Gleijeses, Piero. (1992). Shattered hope: the Guatemalan revolution and the United States, 1944-1954. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. E183.8.G9 S48 1992

Jonas, Susanne. (1991). The battle for Guatemala: rebels, death squads, and U.S. power. Boulder, CO: Westview Press. F1466.5 .J66 1991

Landau, Sam. (1993). The guerrilla wars of Central America: Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala. New York: St. MartinÂ’s. F1439 .L36 1993

Rosenberg, Mike. (2007). The United States and Central America: geopolitical realities and regional fragility. New York: Routledge. On order

Saxon, Dan. (2007). To save her life: disappearance, deliverance, and the United States in Guatemala. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. On order

Schlesinger, Stephen and Kinzer, Stephen. (2005). Bitter fruit: The story of the American coup in Guatemala. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. F1466.5 .S34 2005

Videos / DVDs
Available at the Library Media Center, Library North 3rd Fl.

Broken promises: the untold story of AmericaÂ’s retreat from commitment. FLIC86400
Looks at Latin American history from the arrival of the Europeans to modern times.

Devils don't dream! FLIC86021
In September 1954 Jacobo Arbenz, the President of Guatemala who had led a revolt against the countryÂ’s military dictatorship a decade earlier, is betrayed by foreign powers and overthrown. Arbenz was not a member of any party, but he had begun to fulfill his election promise to give farmers their own land.

The war on democracy. F1418 .W37
Examines American involvement in Latin America for the past half century.

Web Resources

Center for International Policy. Just the facts: a civilianÂ’s guide to U.S. defense and security assistance to Latin America and the Caribbean.

Central Intelligence Agency. Frequently requested documents – Guatemala.

Farah, Douglas. Papers Show U.S. role in Guatemalan abuses. Washington Post, March 11, 1999.

Human Rights Watch World Report 1989 – Guatemala.

National Security Archive: George Washington University. Guatemalan Police Archives.

School of the Americas Watch.

United States Southern Command – Partnership for the Americas.



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