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Beatriz AllendeA Revolutionary Life in Cold War Latin America$
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Tanya Harmer

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469654294

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654294.001.0001

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An Awakening

An Awakening

(p.18) 1 An Awakening
Beatriz Allende

Tanya Harmer

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter one examines Beatriz Allende’s childhood and adolescence, looking at what it meant to grow up in Chile in the 1940s and 1950s, how her family background and gender affected her choices and experience. The chapter also deals with Beatriz’s political awakening stemming from Chile’s social, economic, and political crisis in the late 1950s, her father’s 1958 presidential campaign, and the Cuban Revolution. Rather than being unique, her growing interest in politics and revolution at the end of the decade epitomized a moment marked by youth participation and a resurgence of the country’s left, signalling the start of what would become the long sixties.

Keywords:   Childhood, Chile, Chilean 1958 presidential election, Cuban Revolution, Gender, 1940s, 1950s, Santiago, Salvador Allende, Youth

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