'This powerful collection of essays compels us to rethink the relationship of the Latin American Left to indigenous and African descendant communities. For decades, scholars have sharply criticized the Left’s unconscious and conscious racism and sexism. These finely wrought and well-researched essays reveal the grassroots dynamics that pushed back against the ideological rigidity that promoted such tendencies. From Bolivian anarchists to peasant insurrecionists in Guerrero to Cuban feminists, this volume presents a variegated, often anti-authoritarian Left that cannot be pigeonholed into the inherited categories of sectarian Stalinists and middle-class guerrilleros.'
Jeffrey Gould - Rudy Professor of History, Indiana University and author of Solidarity Under Siege: The Salvadoran Class Struggle, 1970–1990
'A fascinating collection of essays that challenge conventional interpretations of the Left in Latin America. Spanning the period from the Russian Revolution to the rise of Neoliberalism, the authors dispute the view that Latin American Left movements did not grapple with overlapping forms of oppression such as racism against the indigenous and people of African descent, or patriarchal domination of women. Grounded in rich examples of popular struggles throughout the hemisphere, the authors provide new insights on the history of radicalism in Latin America.'
Miguel R. Tinker Salas - Leslie Farmer Professor of Latin American Studies, Pomona College, California
‘Making the Revolution succeeds in correcting misconceptions surrounding the inclusiveness of twentieth-century leftist movements … But the essays in Making the Revolution resist this temptation, creating a rich mosaic of histories that make an essential contribution to the scholarship on Latin American radicalism.’
‘As the turn-of-the-century wave of Leftist governments gives way to a more conservative climate, this significant contribution offers a powerful antidote to contemporary political cynicism … Highly recommended.’
B. A. Lucero