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American ValueMigrants, Money, and Meaning in El Salvador and the United States$
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David Pedersen

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226653396

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226922775.001.0001

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American Value

David Pedersen

University of Chicago Press

This chapter begins with the accounts of two authors, Francisco Gavidia and Manlio Argueta, who provided two dominant perspectives of El Salvador at the end of the 1970s. In particular, it explores the rise of cotton production and trade in El Salvador out of the earlier coffee era, and the development of suburbs in Washington DC and Northern Virginia. The chapter shows that these two larger processes are related, including early migration between El Salvador and the United States starting in the 1960s. It examines the impact of U.S. defense spending, especially after the success of the Cuban Revolution in 1959, on both processes, and demonstrates how “economic” immiseration, “political” violence, and “cultural” domination are internally related.

Keywords:   cotton production, suburbs, Francisco Gavidia, Manlio Argueta, Washington DC, Northern Virginia, El Salvador, United States, defense spending, political violence

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