The Impunity of the Salvadoran Civil War

This exhibit was created to examine the effects of the civil war in El Salvador (1980-1992) on the Salvadoran people. Our team uses the information presented to illustrate how the Salvadoran people were continually ignored and exploited due to the balance of powers and anti-Communism.

 The historical Salvadoran civil war is often relayed in the United States thorugh the perspective of U.S. foreign policy, the murders of six Jesuit priests, or the democratic transition of the country's politics. We hope to honor the people of El Salvador through presenting their story in the best of our abilities admist limited time and resources.

The exhibit begins through providing a brief historical background of the Salvadoran civil war, followed by information the what life was like for Salvadorans during the war, continued with the official end of the civil war, the climate of like in El Salvador in the immediate after-math of the civil war, and the later effects of the civil war on the Salvadoran people.

Our team has worked to create this exhibit as a gateway of public history to honor our responsibilities as historians.

Research question: What were the effects of the El Salvador civil war on the Salvadoran people?

Thesis: The Salvadoran people remain exploited and disenfranchised after the civil war due to the priority of preventing the spread of Communism.


This exhibit was created by Katarina DiPlacido, Tommy Mehlich, Hannagh Jacobesen, and Andrew Cameron for Professor Patricia Reeve's class, Gateway to the Past: The Historian's Practice (HST 200), Fall 2015, Suffolk University.