The Bean Trees Historical Context

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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

Taylor's statement after Turtle is molested in the park that "nobody feels sorry for anybody anymore. . . Not even the President...

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