The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, Politics

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Robert M. Levine, John J. Crocitti
Duke University Press, 1999 - History - 527 pages
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Bordering all but two of South America's other nations and by far Latin America's largest country, Brazil differs linguistically, historically, and culturally from Spanish America. Its indigenous peoples share the country with descendants of Portuguese conquerors and the Africans they imported to work as slaves, along with more recent immigrants from southern Europe, Japan, the Middle East, and elsewhere. Capturing the scope of this country's rich diversity and distinction as no other book has done—with more than a hundred entries from a wealth of perspectives—The Brazil Reader offers a fascinating guide to Brazilian life, culture, and history.

Complementing traditional views with fresh ones, The Brazil Reader's historical selections range from early colonization to the present day, with sections on imperial and republican Brazil, the days of slavery, the Vargas years, and the more recent return to democracy. They include letters, photographs, interviews, legal documents, visual art, music, poetry, fiction, reminiscences, and scholarly analyses. They also include observations by ordinary residents, both urban and rural, as well as foreign visitors and experts on Brazil. Probing beneath the surface of Brazilian reality—past and present—The Reader looks at social behavior, women's lives, architecture, literature, sexuality, popular culture, and strategies for coping with the travails of life in a country where the affluent live in walled compounds to separate themselves from the millions of Brazilians hard-pressed to find food and shelter. Contributing to a full geographic account—from the Amazon to the Northeast and the Central-South—of this country's singular multiplicity, many pieces have been written expressly for this volume or were translated for it, having never previously been published in English.

This second book in The Latin America Readers series will interest students, specialists, travelers for both business and leisure, and those desiring an in-depth introduction to Brazilian life and culture.

 

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An impressive academic selection of short readings. However, not easy to obtain an overview of Brazil through this means ... needs a roadmap and knowledge of the history to put these into context. Read full review

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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

Gritty stories of imperialism, slavery, and trade. Tragically, this book seems to chronicle a long history of the exploited and the exploiters. Settlers took as much as they could and used the Church as an excuse to "civilize" and steal from the native population. Read full review

Contents

Origins Conquest and Colonial Rule
11
Noble Savages John Hemming
20
The First Wave Warren Dean
33
From the River of Jenero Francisco Suares
41
Smuggling in the Diamond District George Gardner
52
Imperial and Republican Brazil
59
The Baron of Parnaiba George Gardner
65
A Paraiba Plantation 18501860 Stanley J Stein
76
Pele Speaks Edson Arantes Nascimento da Silva
254
Families of Fishermen Confront the Sharks Paulo Lima
260
The Greatest Administrative Scandal Seth Garfield
268
Life on an Occupied Ship MarcalJoao Scarante
274
Inaugural Address Fernando Henrique Cardoso
280
Theory and Practice Ted G Goertzel
289
Is Brazil Hopelessly Corrupt? Roberto DaMatta
295
Aunt Zezes Tears Emilia Moncorva Bandeira de Mello
302

The Paraguayan War Victory Parade Peter M Beattie
87
A Mirror of Progress Dain Borges
93
Drought and the Image of the Northeast Gerald M Greenfield
100
Solemn Inaugural Session of December 241900 Congress
107
The Civilist Campaign J R Lobdo
113
Slavery and Its Aftermath
121
Slave Life at Morro Velho Mine Sir Richard Francis Burton
131
Cruelty to Slaves Thomas Ewbank
138
Abolition Decree 1888 Princess Isabel and Rodrigo Augusto da Silva
145
The Social Question Platform of the Liberal Alliance 1930
156
The Gold for Sao Paulo Building 1932 Cristina Mehrtens
162
Two Versions of Factory Life Photographers Unknown
172
The Paulista Synagogue Gustavo Barroso
182
Rural Life Photographers Unknown
190
General George C Marshalls Mission to Brazil Katherine Tupper
197
Educational Reform after Twenty Years Anisio S Teixeira
204
Vargass Suicide Letter 1954 Getulio Vargas
222
Seeking Democracy and Equity
225
Rehearsal for the Coup Araken Tavora
231
Excerpts from the 1967 Brazilian Constitution
238
Literature under the Dictatorship Elizabeth Ginway
248
Tarsila and the 1920s Carol Damian and Cristina Mehrtens
308
The Integral Woman Provincia de Guanabara
317
Women of the Forest Yolanda and Robert F Murphy
323
A Healers Story Maria Geralda Ferreira
331
Family Life in Recife Fanny Mitchell
337
Xuxa and the Televisual Imaginary Amelia Simpson
343
Race and Ethnic Relations
351
Growing Up Black in Minas Gerais Carolina Maria de Jesus
359
Exotic Peoples Indian Protection Agency
365
Immigrant Ethnicity in Brazil Jeffrey Lesser
374
The Myth of Racial Democracy Abdias do Nascimento
379
Realities
395
Iansa Is Not Saint Barbara He Axe Opo Afonjd
408
Pixotes Fate Robert M Levine
423
Urban Indians Juliano Spyer
436
The Gay and Lesbian Movement in Brazil James N Green
454
Saudades
469
Bahia Music Story Bill Hinchberger
483
Two Essays on Sports Janet Lever and Jose Carlos Sebe Bom Meihy
497
Acknowledgment of Copyrights
511
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About the author (1999)

Robert M. Levine is Professor of History and Director of Latin American Studies at the University of Miami. He has published extensively on Brazil and is former chair of the Columbia University Seminar on Brazil. His previous books include The Brazilian Photographs of Genevieve Naylor, 1940-1942, and Images of History, both also published by Duke University Press.

John J. Crocitti is Assistant Professor of History at San Diego Mesa College.

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