The Bean Trees Historical Context

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Human Rights Struggles in Guatemala

Widespread violence and political upheaval marked a 36-year period in Guatemala that spanned the 1960s through the mid-l990s During this period, Guatemalans lived in fear and oppression as opposing forces both tore apart the government and terrorized its citizens. Anti-government left-wing guerrilla groups systematically attacked the Guatemalan government on many fronts, assassinating leaders and denouncing the series of governments that rapidly succeeded one another. In reaction to the guerrillas, extreme right-wing groups tortured and killed tens of thousands of citizens-among them teachers, doctors, peasants, students-that they believed were in league with the leftist groups. Many of those tortured and killed in the conflict were Mayans, a people native to the region, and thousands of those persecuted fled the country as refugees, seeking safety in countries like the United States

Division Between Rich and Poor

In 1980s America, the rich got richer while...

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