Subjects without a Voice: An Approach to the Social History of the Non-indigenous peasantry (rotos) in Postwar La Araucania (1883-1941)

The poor peasant population who arrived to postwar Araucania was in the middle of a line of fire that had been opened by colonial tensions. Under distress and state repression, these peasants suffered conditions in which they were pressured to live among internal legal disputes and difficulties with Mapuche peoples or with other settlers. In the alternative, they could emigrate in search of better horizons. These problems constituted difficult obstacles that prevented them from building cohesion or forming socio-political organizations. All the same, the farm worker was a key agent in the increasing production and stimulating growth of a rural-urban infrastructure that characterized the Araucania people in these years.

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