Note: The following page was developed for a presentation conducted by the Center for Latin American Studies at the Urban Dreams Summer Institute at the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) during July of 2000. The page, a work-in-progress, identifies some resources available on the internet which may be used to learn about Chile, life under the Pinochet dictatorship and general human and civil rights themes -- a centerpiece of the Urban Dreams grant. Work underway with OUSD teachers and district staff will evaluate these resources and develop additional thematic pages to support teachers' work in the Bay Area.
DEATH AT AN EARLY AGE
I should not be here to tell this story.
It's that simple: there is a day in my past, a day many years ago in Santiago de Chile, when I should have died and did not.
That's where I always thought this story would start, at that mo-ment when history turned me, against my will, into the man who could someday sit down and write these words, who now writes them. I always thought this story was meant to start on that morning when the Armed Forces of my country rise against our President, Salvador Allende, on the 11th of September of 1973, to be exact, and the death I have been fearing since I was a child enters my life and, instead of taking it, leaves me to survive: I am left here on this side of reality to remember what ends forever that day in me and in the world, still wondering why I was spared.
And yet I cannot bring myself to begin there, that day I should have died.
-- RESOURCES --
Planetscapes - South America
Mapcity - Chile's Mapquest equivalent
Municipality of Santiago
Encarta's Entry on Salvador Allende
BBC News on General Augusto Pinochet
BBC News on Ariel Dorfman
BBC News on Ricardo Lagos
Skidmore and Smith: Modern Latin America
CIA Worldbook: Chile
Chile and the US: Declassified Documents relating to the Military Coup, 1970-1976
Spotlight on Chile: David J. Chappell, Spanish Instructor, W.F. West HS
DerechosChile: Cronologia durante y despues de la dictadura
Coverage of the Coup
Gellner: Nations and Nationalism
Anderson: Imagined Communities
Kristeva: Strangers to Ourselves
Said: Culture and Imperialism
The Organization of American States (OAS)
Human Rights Watch: 1999 Americas Report
UN High Commissioner on Refugees: Who is a Refugee?
The Guardian's Special Report on Pinochet
LANIC on Pinochet
The Battle of Chile - Information about the Movie
H-Net (Humanities and Social Sciences Online) Review of The Battle of Chile
Chile, Obstinate Memory - Patricio Guzman
Poema de Benedetti: Allende (Spanish)
Text of Allende's Last Speech
de los Golpistas (Espanol)
Freire: Pedagogy of the Oppressed
hooks: Teaching to Transgress
The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS)
CLAS' Chile: Politics and Culture page
UC Berkeley Library Home Page