In Solidarity under Siege, Jeffrey Gould offers an impeccably researched, well-organized, and lively account of the Salvadoran labor movement between 1970 and 1990, focusing on workers in the shrimp industry centered in the small, Pacific Coast town of Puerto El Triunfo. The book is the product of more than 30 interviews in El Salvador, Los Angeles, Montreal, and elsewhere; a mining of archival material, including local union archives; careful study of the secondary literature on the Salvadoran (and Latin American) labor movement; and insertion of shrimp industry workers within the insurgency and the revolutionary war, the first developing in the early 1970s and the second lasting from 1980 to 1992.

The subtitle is somewhat misleading in that Puerto El Triunfo workers, located in Usulután department, south and east of the industrial-financial-administrative capital of San Salvador, form the centerpiece of the work—even...

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