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By Angela Vergara

During this e-book, Angela Vergara tells the tale of the exertions move in Chile during the stories of staff in copper mines owned through Anaconda, a huge multinational company. hoping on archival resources, newspapers, and oral histories, she recounts the workers???­ financial, political, and social struggles over the forty-five-year interval whilst the chilly conflict ruled politics. The exertions stream, Vergara argues, was once a revolutionary strength instrumental within the creation of nationwide reforms and the radicalization of politics. In Chile its position is important to realizing the growth of the welfare kingdom within the Nineteen Fifties, the advent of social reforms within the Nineteen Sixties, and the Chilean highway to socialism within the early Nineteen Seventies. The ebook unearths the ancient starting place of the implementation of neoliberal rules, the erosion of work rights, and the emergence of the so-called Chilean fiscal version championed by means of the 'Chicago boys.' a few of the alterations undertaken within the Seventies and Eighties, the booklet indicates, had their impetus within the challenge of the import-substitution attempt of the overdue Fifties.

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Griffith and Illanes to Director General del Trabajo, December 17, 1953, arnad, dt, Providencias, 1954, vol. 5. 11. Griffith and Illanes to Director General, December 17, 1953. 12. Andino (Potrerillos), October 13, 1956. Vergara 4/11/08 42 1:34 PM Page 42 COPPER WORKERS IN COLD WAR CHILE improvement in living standards, conditions in the other camps improved slowly. In 1957, for example, the company started the construction of a new airport in Potrerillos, remodeled houses, paved several streets, started the construction of a new theater in Potrerillos, inaugurated a theater in the small camp of Las Vegas, finished the children’s hospital, and constructed bunkhouses for single male employees in Barquito.

While housing for foreign employees was of outstanding quality and built according to the California-bungalow type, Chilean houses were small, were made of calamine or adobe, and lacked private bathrooms. Chilean family houses had three or four rooms (one or two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen) arranged as blocks of twelve houses with collective toilets in the center. Some family residences were attached houses, each row containing four to seven houses with collective bathrooms at the end.

A Company Town In 1918, Potrerillos, remarked Chilean journalist F. Muñoz Herrera, was one of the most thriving mines in the region. At this mine, Muñoz enthused, “buildings are very original. The little houses are for a single family only and have 3 rooms, kitchen, and bathroom. Vergara 4/11/08 38 1:34 PM Page 38 COPPER WORKERS IN COLD WAR CHILE European city because they resembled houses built in Switzerland. . In other words, Potrerillos is improving. ”1 Muñoz Herrera was witnessing the construction of a company town: an urban labor institution that shaped the living, working, and political experiences of copper workers in Potrerillos until the nationalization of copper in 1971.

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