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Beginning in the 1920s, anarchism was instrumental in the building of the Bolivian trade-union movement. The Federation of Local Workers (fol) brought together workers from a range of trades who were influenced by anarchist “free-thinking.” Artisans were especially prominent in the fol, and the movement created bridges with the indigenous cacique-apoderado movement as well as spaces for female union organization. The Federation of Women Workers (fof) included cooks, flower sellers, urban market vendors, and rural marketers. The following oral-history accounts of the 1930s and 1940s were recorded in the mid- to late 1980s by the...

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