Forty years after the coup of 1973, the death of President Salvador Allende Gossens, and the beginning of a seventeen-year period (1973–90) of human rights violations by the military dictatorship, it is time to turn attention from a Santiago-centric history and relate the regional and local histories of the dictatorship. This article examines the history and social memory of dictatorship constructed in the Magellan region of Chile since 1973, from the vantage point of the efforts of victims and survivors who have fought valiantly for truth, justice, memory, and reparations in the face of impunity in the far south of Chile since 1973.

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