Brazil's Getulio Vargas: Father of the Poor? Analytical Essay by Nicky

Brazil's Getulio Vargas: Father of the Poor?
An analysis of Getulio Vargas' presidencies, based on "Father of the Poor?: Vargas and His Era", by Robert M. Levine.
# 148738 | 830 words | 1 source | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Nov 03, 2011 in History (Leaders) , History (Latin America)

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The paper notes that there is nobody more prominent or more controversial in modern Brazilian politics than Getulio Dornelles Vargas, Brazil's fourteenth and seventeenth President. The paper refers to Robert M. Levine's work on Vargas, "Father of the Poor?: Vargas and His Era", that sheds light on why his promises of social programs, his economic controls, and the increasing nationalism made him quite popular with large portions of Brazilian society but also made him many enemies. The paper points out that his accomplishments fell short of his promises, and efficiency and redistribution came at the cost of totalitarianism. The paper concludes that while he was the first Brazilian leader to act for the people, he did so for them, not with them.

From the Paper:

"Vargas promised many things to many different groups of people at disparate levels of the Brazilian socio-economic ladder, and it was simply impossible for him to accomplish all of the things that he had promised at the same time. His commitment and efficiency at implementing the programs that he was able to is a matter of further controversy and debate. In his book Father of the Poor?: Vargas and His Era, Robert M. Levine explores this figure and the role he played--and claimed to play--in the development of Brazil for the better part of two and a half decades. In his discussion of Vargas' administration and the shifting perspectives of the Brazilian public during the 1930s through World War II and the first half of the 1950s, Levine paints a comprehensive overview of the man, his promises, and his policies. As the history of Getulio Dornelles Vargas unfolds in Levine's Father of the Poor?, it becomes clear that whatever the greatness of Vargas' true intentions might have been, his accomplishments fell short of his promises."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Levine, Robert M. Father of the Poor?: Vargas and His Era. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.

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