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Coffee drying farm, Los Ateos

Date 1980-1982
Location El Salvador
Dimensions Image (Paper Size): 8 3/8 x 1/8 in. (21.3 x 0.4 cm)
Mount: 16 x 20 in. (40.6 x 50.8 cm)
Print medium Photo-Gelatin silver

By the end of the nineteenth century, coffee exportation had come to dominate the Salvadoran economy. In order to amass larger and more lucrative plantations, coffee growers displaced the indigenous Pipil Indians from their land, creating an oligarchy (later known as the "Fourteen Families") that dominated Salvadoran politics for decades. This repressive political and economic system was a significant contributing factor to the outbreak of civil war in 1979.


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Gift of the Kenneth Silverman, 2005

Feedback Accession No. 369.2005