Event Title

Catholic Clergy, Liberation Theology, and the Salvadoran Civil War in the Late 20th Century

Presenter Information

Margaret Burgos, Colby CollegeFollow

Location

Diamond 343

Start Date

30-4-2015 11:00 AM

End Date

30-4-2015 11:55 AM

Project Type

Presentation

Description

The Salvadoran Civil War from 1980 to 1992 was one of the most devastating and violent events in Salvadoran history. During the twelve-year period, there were between 75,000 to 77,000 estimated deaths and over 500,000 displaced to the United States (US). Scholars attribute extreme social inequality and the string of US-backed authoritarian military dictators during the 1930s to the 1970s to the rise of the leftist political guerillas and the subsequent armed conflict during the 1980s. While these factors were major catalysts of the violent struggle between the acting conservative government and the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), the role of religion and the Catholic Church cannot be ignored. The Catholic Church has always held an important position in Salvadoran life, whether it was working with the government or in being prosecuted by the state.

Faculty Sponsor

Ben Fallaw

Sponsoring Department

Colby College. Latin American Studies Program

CLAS Field of Study

Interdisciplinary Studies

Event Website

http://www.colby.edu/clas

ID

1179

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Catholic Clergy, Liberation Theology, and the Salvadoran Civil War in the Late 20th Century

Diamond 343

The Salvadoran Civil War from 1980 to 1992 was one of the most devastating and violent events in Salvadoran history. During the twelve-year period, there were between 75,000 to 77,000 estimated deaths and over 500,000 displaced to the United States (US). Scholars attribute extreme social inequality and the string of US-backed authoritarian military dictators during the 1930s to the 1970s to the rise of the leftist political guerillas and the subsequent armed conflict during the 1980s. While these factors were major catalysts of the violent struggle between the acting conservative government and the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front (FMLN), the role of religion and the Catholic Church cannot be ignored. The Catholic Church has always held an important position in Salvadoran life, whether it was working with the government or in being prosecuted by the state.

http://digitalcommons.colby.edu/clas/2015/program/340