Coverage Dates

1979-1990

Description

Archival records include newspapers, journals, pamphlets, posters, one object (mask) and other print-based material related to the Sandinista Revolution in Nicaragua (1979-1990). Also included in Prof. Petry’s donation to the University are 400 published books (secondary sources) that have been incorporated into the library’s main circulating collection. Please see the two-volume DVD set recorded in 2008, in which Prof. Petry discusses the Sandinista Revolution and highlights certain aspects of this collection.

Notes

When rebels of the Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional (FSLN) founded in 1961, after an arduous struggle of eighteen years, finally defeated the forty-six year dictatorship of the Somoza dynasty and its allies who had enriched themselves by exploiting the land of Nicaragua and its illiterate, landless and impoverished peasant majority, they had the daunting opportunity to construct a new kind of nation-state which would address the interests of that vast majority in the nation of 3 million. Walter Petry made his first visit to Nicaragua in July 1981 and observed the enthusiastic celebrations of the second anniversary of the Sandinista triumph. He came to realize that the former rebel leaders, now officials of their new government and all its ministries, were indeed in the process of creating a revolutionary social order based upon the logic of the majority.

Quantity

Approx. 25 cubic feet; 27 storage boxes plus flat files

Accession Date

2008

Origin

Donated to Fairfield University by Professor Walter J. Petry Jr., Assistant Professor of History, Emeritus in 2008.

Processed By

Archives staff

Last Updated

July 2014

Type

Finding Aid

Publisher

Fairfield University

Place of Publication

Fairfield, Conn.

Collection

Finding Aids

Repository

Fairfield University Archives and Special Collections

Identifier

FIN0007

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