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  • Online publication date: May 2019

1 - Tired of the Abuse

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      • Tired of the Abuse
      • Jeffrey L. Gould, Indiana University, Bloomington
      • Book: Solidarity Under Siege
      • Online publication: 17 May 2019
      • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108297394.002
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      • Tired of the Abuse
      • Jeffrey L. Gould, Indiana University, Bloomington
      • Book: Solidarity Under Siege
      • Online publication: 17 May 2019
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      • Tired of the Abuse
      • Jeffrey L. Gould, Indiana University, Bloomington
      • Book: Solidarity Under Siege
      • Online publication: 17 May 2019
      • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108297394.002
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Summary

Gloria García was born and raised in a tiny seashore village on El Salvador’s eastern coast.1 When she was 10, her father brought her and two sisters to Puerto El Triunfo. She immediately started work on a nearby cotton hacienda. She planted, pruned, and picked cotton for 25 cents a day. She recalls the unrelenting sun, the exhaustion, the prohibition against play, and her infected hands. Gloria’s father found work at the shrimp processing plant Pezca S.A. Her older sister also got a job there peeling chacalín (sea bob). Even though they paid little rent for their mangrove bark dwelling, they were barely making ends meet. Her dad eventually got Gloria a job in the plant, but they had to change her birth certificate so she appeared to be 14 instead of 12. The foreman complained that she was so skinny that she looked like she was nine. And the work was hard at first. After a day’s labor, her hands were cut, raw, and infected but it was better paid and less onerous work than on the cotton hacienda. She got to play on the Pezca baseball team against the other plants, Atarraya and Mariscos de El Salvador. She also went to night school the rest of the year and finished the sixth grade. Despite doing well at school, her work schedule was too intense and unpredictable to continue her education.