On July 13th 2017 I watched Francisco Rodriguez get detained. He came here in 2001 fleeing gang violence in El Salvador. I grew interested in the root cause of this gang violence, especially having learned about U.S. intervention in Argentina and Chile the year before in my AP Spanish class. Additionally, I did research on the civil war in Colombia and found that the U.S. played a role in fueling the violence between the left wing guerrilla fighters and the right wing government and paramilitary forces. Upon researching gang violence in El Salvador I found that the U.S., like in Colombia, helped fuel a civil war against left wing militants, by funding death squads and various right wing groups. The violence and destruction caused in this civil war had a clear link to the beginnings of the severe gang problem El Salvador faces today. I was taken aback at how heavily the U.S. seemed to have been involved in this country, and across the continent. But above that, I was even more taken aback that the only class I even touched upon this was in AP Spanish, not even in history class. So for my capstone project I at first wanted to tackle the larger idea of any sort of bias in history textbooks and how that affects international relations, however that was a very broad topic, and I knew I wanted to raise awareness about this specific period in time, so I focused my project on the lack of awareness of U.S. intervention in Latin America during the Cold War.