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    • The Banana-Littered Floor By: Molly Walker APWH Lesson 29 PBA (oriented around the Guatemala Revolution of the mid to late twentieth century)
    • Illiteracy still permeates our culture, despite the American flags that said we would succeed. Land and wealth was once unequal, and still today United Fruit ensures this status quo.Arevalo’s “spiritual socialism” was the answer, he fought for rural and industrial rights! His nationalism ran deep but United Fruit stepped in and plucked him off the scene, Like a fruit that simply wasn’t ripe. Propaganda associating United Fruit with murder and the military rule of Guatemala
    • (Refrain) We cannot read the words we write, Bananas and coffee dictate the status of our lives. We wait for change, we work for stability. Our fate is not ours – it resides in foreign hands; The star-spangled hands that dabble in the affairs of others. We are Guatemala, Indian and small. We are Guatemala, poor and riddled with mortality.We are Guatemala, and the reforms we were promised were not won at all.
    • Colonel JacoboArbenz, featured here on bothTIME magazine’s cover and in acampaign poster. Then comes 1951, and a more radical Colonel* takes the reigns, “Improve hydroelectricity! Nationalize transportation!” Such rhetoric won the leader many fans, Yet the last straw for that belligerent Fruit Company was the expropriating of unused lands. *Colonel Jacobo Arbenz, nationalist leader elected under free election in Guatemala in 1951 with a very strong radical agenda
    • We cannot read the words we write, Bananas and coffee dictate the status of our lives. We wait for change, we work for stability. Our fate is not ours – it resides in foreign hands; The star-spangled hands that dabble in the affairs of others. We are Guatemala, Indian and small. We are Guatemala, poor and riddled with mortality.We are Guatemala, and the reforms we were promised were not won at all.
    • President Eisenhower and John U.N. Secretary Dulles, author of the General Dag coup détat in Hammarskjöld Guatemala, discuss said that the logistics. coup violated the United Nations charter. Glory-coated America steps into our midst, as the democratic idealists often do!Fearing communist aggression, they played into United Fruit’s twisted plans. My precious Guatemala was subjected to economic sanctions and left to brood. The socialists took up Arbenz’s battle; the Americans declared this an act of war.Simultaneously they lined up a dissident military force to make the Arbenz government crumble to the banana- littered floor.
    • (Bridge)These new American-supported governments promised us reform, But reform means little next to nothing. Social and economic, our problems run the gamut. Just as our sinks run dry and our bellies grumble with a hunger for true change. Instead of guns and coffee beans, we want our government run by people.Instead of external concern, we want internal relief. Instead of today’s Guatemala, instead of yesterday’s Guatemala,We want a Guatemala that gleams shiny and new.
    • We cannot read the words we write, Bananas and coffee dictate the status of our lives. We wait for change, we work for stability. Our fate is not ours – it resides in foreign hands; The star-spangled hands that dabble in the affairs of others. We are Guatemala, Indian and small. We are Guatemala, poor and riddled with mortality.We are Guatemala, and the reforms we were promised were not won at all.