In "Becoming the Tupamaros," Lindsey Churchill explores an
alternative narrative of US-Latin American relations by challenging
long-held assumptions about the nature of revolutionary movements
like the Uruguayan Tupamaros group. A violent and innovative
organization, the Tupamaros demonstrated that Latin American
guerrilla groups during the Cold War did more than take sides in a
battle of Soviet and US ideologies. Rather, they digested
information and techniques without discrimination, creating a
homegrown and unique form of revolution.
Churchill examines the relationship between state repression and
revolutionary resistance, the transnational connections between the
Uruguayan Tupamaro revolutionaries and leftist groups in the US,
and issues of gender and sexuality within these movements. Angela
Davis and Eldridge Cleaver, for example, became symbols of
resistance in both the United States and Uruguay. and while much of
the Uruguayan left and many other revolutionary groups in Latin
America focused on motherhood as inspiring women's politics, the
Tupamaros disdained traditional constructions of femininity for
female combatants. Ultimately, "Becoming the Tupamaros" revises our
understanding of what makes a Movement truly revolutionary.
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