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"The Long Honduran Night" traces poverty & violence in Honduras back to US-backed coup

On this edition of Your Call, history professor emerita Dana Frank discusses her book The Long Honduran Night, which documents brutal repression by the US-backed regime and the rise of a powerful grassroots resistance movement.

Frank writes that after the 2009 military coup, Honduras was plunged into violence and poverty and the post-coup regime destroyed the rule of law and gutted the state. What are Hondurans facing today and what factors are forcing so many people to flee their homes?


Dana Frank, professor emerita of History at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and author of The Long Honduran Night: Resistance, Terror, and the United States in the Aftermath of the Coup

Web Resources:

Democracy Now: “It Is Not a Natural Disaster”: Dana Frank on How U.S.-Backed Coup in Honduras Fueled Migrant Crisis

NPR: What Hondurans In The U.S. Can Expect When They're Deported

BBC News: Migrant caravan: US to investigate after child dies in custody at border

Fortune: I Live in Honduras, Where People Are in Constant Fear of Being Murdered. It’s No Wonder They Join Caravans


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.