Salvador Allende made his mark on Chilean history, even though he was the nation's president for a short three years. Now that Pinochet's dictatorship is safely in the past, his supporters have revealed even more about his popularity and lasting legacy.
Even though Allende was a socialist and admired world leaders like Castro, Mao, and Ho Chi Minh, his rise to power was very different. Allende's major accomplishment was that he was able to implement socialism through a democratic election, NOT a violent revolution.
Why then, if Allende achieved the presidency legitimately, did the US still want to overthrow him? How might the US have felt about Allende compared to some of the previous Chilean presidents like Ibanez or Frei?