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Sunday, August 14, 2022

The US intervened in the internal affairs of Nicaragua to prop up US business and strategic interests. The 1912 invasion by US Marines was initially in retaliation for the murder of two US citizens, but it endured because it was rumored that Japan would build a canal there and the US wanted sole rights to do so. Sustained opposition to US involvement and the Great Depression finally led the US to withdraw in 1933.

  • Inside the Volcano: A Curriculum on Nicaragua, by Bill Bigelow and Jeff Edmundson. From Teaching Central America: A Project of Teaching for Change, this teaching guide includes 14 interactive lessons on land distribution in Nicaragua before the revolution, the Sandinistas, the role of the United States, the literacy campaign, Ben Linder, and the Honduran connection.