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Merton's Correspondence with:

Luis Somoza Debayle; Somoza, Luis

Somoza Debayle, Luis, 1922-1967  printer


Descriptive Summary

Record Group: Section A - Correspondence
Dates of materials: 1959
Volume: 1 item(s); 1 pg(s)

Scope and Content

Merton pleads with Somoza for the release of the Catholic youth who protested in Nicaragua and were imprisoned by the government.


Luis Somoza Debayle was President of Nicaragua from 1956-1963. The eldest son of the former dictator, Anastasio Somoza Garcia, he was a nationalist and a supporter of some liberal social reforms. At the same time, he was anti-communist and supported the United States in their Bay of Pigs Invasion of Cuba. Somoza resided in the capital of Managua, Nicaragua.

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See also a mention of Merton's letter to Somoza in The Courage for Truth, p. 185.

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1. 1959/07/04 TL[x] from Merton On this day dedicated to North American liberty I write to you as a priest of the Catholic Church, «detailed view»

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