By Marguerite Guzman Bouvard
Revolutionizing Motherhood examines some of the most astounding human rights activities of modern years. in the course of the Argentine junta's soiled struggle opposed to subversives, as tens of hundreds of thousands have been kidnapped, tortured, and disappeared, a gaggle of ladies cast the moms of the Plaza de Mayo and adjusted Argentine politics endlessly. The moms started within the Seventies as an off-the-cuff crew of working-class housewives making the rounds of prisons and army barracks looking for their disappeared little ones. As they learned that either kingdom and church officers have been conspiring to withhold details, they began to protest, claiming the executive middle of Argentina the Plaza de Mayo for his or her heart degree. during this quantity, Marguerite G. Bouvard lines the historical past of the moms and examines how they've got remodeled maternity from a passive, household function to at least one of public energy. Bouvard additionally offers a close historical past of up to date Argentina, together with the military's debacle within the Falklands, the autumn of the junta, and the efforts of next governments to arrive an accord with the moms. eventually, she examines their present time table and their carrying on with fight to carry the murderers in their kids to justice.
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Extra info for Revolutionizing Motherhood: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (Latin American Silhouettes)
I gratefully acknowledge the support and encouragement provided by the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women from 1989 to 1992, the Women's Studies program at Brandeis University, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and, for the time and space to write the final draft, the Leighton Artists Colony, Banff Centre for the Arts. I embraced you, but I carried my own fear; of colonels and torturers, the bored voice of the embassy official. I remembered the advice of friends, If you see the same person in front of your hotel, take note.
Noemie and her husband were living in Mendoza, a province more than a thousand kilometers from Buenos Aires. Their lives were changed overnight. Noemie moved to Buenos Aires to take care of the children and to begin the search for her son and his wife. Although her son's scientific colleagues around the world sent hundreds of letters and petitions to the government, neither Noemie nor her son's friends ever received a single reply. The security forces dragged away pregnant women. They kidnapped entire families and then tortured them in front of each other.
8 The military that brought General Jorge Rafael Videla to power in 1976 saw itself as the natural ruling caste of Argentina, the guardian of the nation's values. It regarded leftist terrorists as a lethal threat to the Argentine way of life and made their destruction one of its main goals despite the fact that such leftists had been decimated by the time of the coup. 9 It portrayed its efforts as a religious crusadea Holy War that subordinated any concerns of due process or human rights. Thus began what the junta called the Dirty War, directed not only against the weakened guerrillas and leftist terrorists but also against anyone suspected of being a subversive.
Revolutionizing Motherhood: The Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo (Latin American Silhouettes) by Marguerite Guzman Bouvard