Commemorating the Coup in Chile, 40 Years Later
Archival materials now on view at the Benson commemorate the 1973 coup d'etat in Chile and its political and cultural aftermath.
On exhibit in the Main Reading Room are original LPs from the Benson's extensive music collection, highlighting singers and songwriters of the socially and politically active folk song movements that developed in Chile and spread across Latin America during the period. First emerging in the 1960s as Nueva Canción, the genre evolved after the coup into the revolutionary Canto Nuevo movement. Viewers may dial in to hear song tracks from featured artists via a cell phone audio tour.
In the Benson Rare Books Room, selections from the Joyce Horman and Edmund Horman papers document the Chilean army's abduction and execution of the young American journalist Charles Horman in September 1973, the personal and legal efforts of his loved ones to uncover the truth about his death, and the role of the United States government in the killing and its political cover-up.