Roots of Resistance: A Story of Gender, Race, and Labor on the North Coast of Honduras

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University of Texas Press
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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.7 inches | 1.75 pounds

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About the Author

Suyapa G. Portillo Villeda is an associate professor of Chicana/o-Latina/o Transnational Studies at Pitzer College and a member of the intercollegiate department of Chicanx Latinx studies at the Claremont Colleges Consortium.


This is an ambitious project with many strengths. First and foremost, Portillo succeeds in recovering the voices of women workers... Portillo's work on domestic relations reveals rich ground for future studies on the interplay of labor and gender in banana zones...Portillo has succeeded in writing a bottom-up study of the 1954 strike that will be of interest to scholars interested in integrating women workers' stories into broader labor histories.-- "The Americas" (3/30/2022 12:00:00 AM)
Portillo Villeda's history of the 1954 strike joins a vast literature on the role and legacy of the fruit companies that once regarded the countries of Central America as their fiefdoms. It is eminently readable, empathetic, and meticulously researched but also entirely original in its attention to the gendered and racialized dimensions of the strike. In sum, her book should become essential reading about the labor movement in Central America, proof that it is possible to say something truly new about an already well-trodden episode in the region's arduous history.-- "Hispanic American Historical Review" (11/1/2022 12:00:00 AM)
This book, more than any other recent publication about Honduran history, not only deeply contextualises the social and political development of Honduras after the 2009 coup, it simultaneously offers deep historical perspective for characterising the outcome of the recent November 2021 general elections...[Roots of Resistance] is clearly written, and very readable for a range of audiences...This is a major and unique contribution to modern Honduran and Central American historiography.-- "Bulletin of Latin American Research" (2/14/2023 12:00:00 AM)
Roots of Resistance offers a deeply moving workers' history of the 1954 [Great Banana Strike]...Roots of Resistance is a striking piece of scholarship. In addition to the book's myriad insights, Portillo Villeda writes with a distinct humanity that professional historians frequently shy away from.-- "A Contracorriente" (5/30/2023 12:00:00 AM)