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Author Muruchi Poma, Feliciano Félix, 1946-

Title From the mines to the streets : a Bolivian activist's life / Benjamin Kohl and Linda Farthing ; with Félix Muruchi
Edition First edition
Published Austin : University of Texas Press, 2011
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations, maps
Series The William & Bettye Nowlin series in art, history, and culture of the Western Hemisphere
William & Bettye Nowlin series in art, history, and culture of the Western Hemisphere.
Contents pt. 1. Growing up in the fields and the mines -- pt. 2. The mines -- pt. 3. From exile to exile -- pt. 4. Activist in El Alto
Summary From the Mines to the Streets draws on the life of Félix Muruchi to depict the greater forces at play in Bolivia and elsewhere in South America during the last half of the twentieth century. It traces Félix from his birth in an indigenous family in 1946, just after the abolition of bonded labor, through the next sixty years of Bolivia's turbulent history. As a teenager, Félix followed his father into the tin mines before serving a compulsory year in the military, during which he witnessed the 1964 coup d'état that plunged the country into eighteen years of military rule. He returned to work in the mines, where he quickly rose to become a union leader. The reward for his activism was imprisonment, torture, and exile. After he came home, he participated actively in the struggles against neoliberal governments, which led in 2006 -- the year of his sixtieth birthday-- to the inauguration of Evo Morales as Bolivia's first indigenous president
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Muruchi Poma, Feliciano Félix, 1946-
Indigenous peoples -- Bolivia -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
Labor leaders -- Bolivia -- Biography.
Miners -- Bolivia -- Biography.
Political activists -- Bolivia -- Biography.
Bolivia -- Politics and government -- 1952-1982.
Bolivia -- Politics and government -- 1982-2006.
Bolivia -- Social conditions -- 1952-1982.
Bolivia -- Social conditions -- 1982-
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
Author Farthing, Linda.
Kohl, Benjamin H.
ISBN 0292734751 (electronic bk.)
9780292734753 (electronic bk.)