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POL305Y1 Study Guide - Final Guide: La Coubre Explosion, Copei, Subcomandante Marcos

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Juan Pereira Marsiaj
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Getulio Vargas (SYNOPSIS ONLY)
A wealthy rancher and politician from Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; a region which resented Sao
Paulos dominant position in its control of export trade in coffee. During the presidential
campaign and election of 1930 which paralleled with the economic crisis, Vargas was named
candidate. Once the coffee oligarchs sought to deny his presidency, he overthrew the
Washington Luis government and officially ended the Old Republic. Vargas new era, coined the
era of the bourgeois revolution (1930-54), brought together the urban bourgeois groups who
were pro industrialization. Among the group were the fazendeiros and intellectuals.
In 1935 Vargas banned the National Liberation Alliance and arrested many of the leftist leaders.
This act leads into the establishment of his personal dictatorship in 1938 when he abolished
presidential elections. His new regime, the Estado Novo (New State), mimicked fascist regimes.
Getulio Vargas, Brazil
Presidential campaign of 1930 took place against a backdrop of economic crisis:
unemployment, wage cuts and inflation mostly affecting the working class; but the crisis
sharpened all class and regional antagonisms, especially the conflict between the coffee
oligarchy and the bourgeoisie;
Conflicts emboldened a new coalition: the Liberal Alliance; linked urban groups, great
landowners like the ranchers of Rio Grande do Sul, who resented Sao Paulos dominant
position - and disaffected politicians from Minas Gerais & other states; it named Getulio
Vargas, a wealthy rancher and politician from Rio Grande do Sul, as its candidate;
Working class not a participant in Liberal Alliance but many workers sympathized with its
program and pressured Vargas to improve working conditions, establish a minimum wage
and mandatory vacations, organize consumer cooperatives, and regulate labor conditions.

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Womens groups also lobbied for their Thirteen Principles’ which advocated: women
suffrage, civil equality, equal pay for equal work, paid maternity leave, affirmative action in
gov’t employment, a minimum wage, 8-hour workday, paid vacations, and medical, disability,
and retirement insurance; ALL became part of the 1934 constitution;
During 1930 campaign, Vargas spoke of the need to develop industry, advocated high tariffs
to protect Brazilian industry using local raw materials, and called on Brazilians to perfect
manufactures to the point where it would be unpatriotic to feed or clothe themselves with
imported goods;
He advanced program of social welfare legislation and political, judicial and educational
Made a cautious pledge of action to progressive extinction of the latifundio, without violence,
and support for the organizations of small landed property through the transfer of small
parcels of land to agricultural laborers;
When coffee oligarchs tried to deny Vargas the presidency, he overthrew the Washington
Luis government; meant that the Old Republic, born in 1889 and dominated since 1894 by
the coffee oligarchy, was dead;
Born was the era of thebourgeois revolution;
Vargas and the Bourgeois Revolution, 1930 1954
Getulio Vargas presided over a heterogeneous coalition that included fazendeiros, and
intellectuals and tenentes who called for agrarian reform, formation of coops, and
nationalization of the mines;
The Brazilian Black Front (FNB), established 1931, organized massive protests against racial
discrimination, advocated laws to require racial integration of all public places, educated
Afro-Brazilians about Pan-Africanist political movements, and sought black representation in
national Congress; the working class, devoted to capitalism, remained a political threat to its
very existence;
Vargas also had to take into account foreign capital interests, capable of applying great
pressure once the Depression ended;
VargasEconomic and Political Measures

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Most pressing problem, the economic crisis; he attempted to revitalize the coffee industry
through measures of: restriction of plantings, purchase of surplus stocks, and the burning of
excess coffee;
More success with efforts to diversify agriculture: production of cotton grew with aid of capital
and labor and exports rose steadily until 1940;
But, agric. diversification could not account for steep decline in Brazils import capacity:
solution was found in Import Substitution Industrialization (ISI);
Industry received new impetus from Vargas who encouraged industry through exchange
controls, import quotas, tax incentives, lowered duties on imported machinery and raw
materials, and long-term loans at low interest;
Brazilian industry, based entirely on the home market, made great strides: production doubled
between 1931 and 1936; as early as 1933 (U.S. still in deep Depression), the national
income had begun to increase, which indicated that for the moment, the economy no
longer depended on external factors but on internal ones;
Vargas sought to centralize political power by making strategic concessions to his coalition
allies. Appeased political elite of Sao Paulo with ministerial appointments; he tried to
reconcile with workers who had again been sparked by the womens movement openly
rebelled against the industrialists in May 1932; tens of thousands took part in a general
strike: Vargas was forced to intervene and agreed to most of the demands BUT in future
required that future disagreements be settled by a tripartite conciliation commission
composed of workers, employers, and government appointees;
In February 1932, Vargas created electoral code that established the secret ballot, lowered
voting age from 21 to 18 and extended the vote to working women (but not illiterates); these
electoral reforms still left 98% of the population ineligible to vote BUT expanded suffrage
sufficiently to allow women to get elected in eighteen of twenty state legislatures;
The constituent assembly elected under this code drafted a new constitution, put into place on
July 16, 1934; the assembly the First Chamber of Deputies elected Vargas president for
a term extending to January 1938;
Section of the constitution on economic and social order stressed the governments
responsibility for economic development;
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