Families in War and Peace: Chile from Colony to Nation
Kin Mobilized for War: The Carrera Family Drama, 1810–1824
Chapter 1 uses the case of the Carrera family of Chile, based principally upon their voluminous correspondence, to demonstrate how both men and women worked through extended family networks to carry out political plans. From 1810 to 1814, they were among the principal leaders of the independence movement in Chile. After 1814, as most of the Carreras went into exile, their efforts increasingly focused on opposition to the government established by their rival Bernardo O’Higgins. This chapter also analyzes contemporary expectations of one’s political affiliation and activism based upon both gender and specific familial roles. It reveals expectations that wives...