Military Revolt in El Salvador 1948

[ 1948 ]

The country's military-ruled government put Salvador Castaneda Castro (c.1888-1965) in the presidency [May 1944] and expunged some liberties during the next three years, but Castaneda also introduced a number of education and labor reforms and promoted the union of El Salvador and neighboring Guatemala. Nonetheless, he was ousted by an army revolt of young officers (December 12-14, 1948), who demanded economic and social reforms to raise the standard of living. Major Oscar Osorio (1910-69), a member of the junta that had seized power, headed the government until his election as president in 1950; he legalized labor unions, improved housing, and encouraged industrial and agricultural development.

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