Father of the Poor?: Vargas and his Era / Edition 1

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This book examines the life and times of Get'ulio Vargas, Brazilian dictator and president for most of the period from 1930 to 1954. It asks how Vargas' legacy influenced Brazil, and to what extent his social legislation affected people's lives. Vargas ignored individual rights and devoted as much effort to manipulating workers as to benefiting them. He did not perceive the unequal distribution of power as a problem that need to be solved. Although Vargas promised much and delivered little, Brazilians idolized him. Ordinary people would shrug and say The President always thought about us.

"Biographical essay on Getâulio Vargas, dictator and elected president 1930-45 and 1951-54, focuses on inconsistencies in his claim to be a social reformer. Includes a creative collection of documents and photographs showing Vargas' many images. Extremely useful for students"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 58.

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"Father of the Poor is a compelling portrait of contemporary Brazil drawn from Brazilian archives, Vargas's personal diary of and suicide note, oral history testimony and photography, as well as recent Brazilian and non-Brazilian social history, anthropological and sociological scholarship." Michael LaRosa, H-Net Reviews

"Levine provids a good picture of the extension of government social services under Vargas. The volume also has an excellent set of photographs and reprints interesting contemporary documents." Journal of Interdisciplinary History

"...concise yet lively overview of the legacy of Vargas's government and the significance of his social policies. Levine's analysis moves adroitly between the voices of workers and their views of events and the musings of Brazil's most influential political, economic, and cultural leaders in the 1900s." Peter M. Beattie, Latin American Research Review

"...a concise yet lively overview of the legacy of Vargas's government and the significanceof his social policies. Levine's analysis moves adroitly between the voices of workers and thier views of events and the musing of Brazil's most influential political, economic, and leaders in the 1900s." Peter M. Beattie, Latin American

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521585286
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2005
  • Series: New Approaches to the Americas Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Vargas as Enigma; 2. In the Saddle, 1883–1937; 3. The Estado Novo, 1937–1945; 4. Populism Vargas-style, 1945–1954; 5. Different Getúlios; 6. Vargas' Incomplete Revolution; Appendices.

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