Autos and Progress: The Brazilian Search for Modernity by Joel Wolfe

By Joel Wolfe

Cars and development reinterprets twentieth-century Brazilian heritage via cars, utilizing them as a window for figuring out the nation's fight for modernity within the face of its large geographical measurement, vulnerable primary govt, and dependence on agricultural exports. one of the issues Wolfe touches upon are the 1st activities automobiles and elite consumerism; intellectuals' include of autos because the key for transformation and unification of Brazil; Henry Ford's construction of an organization city within the Brazilian jungle; the construction of a transportation infrastructure; democratization and client tradition; vehicle employees and their construction of a countrywide political social gathering; and the commercial and environmental effect of cars on Brazil. This concentrate on Brazilians' fascination with autos and their reliance on vehicle construction and intake as keys to their fiscal and social transformation, explains how Brazil--which enshrined its trust in technology and know-how in its nationwide slogan of Order and Progress--has differentiated itself from different Latin American countries. cars and development engages key concerns in Brazil round the which means and position of race in society and in addition addresses numerous vintage debates in Brazilian stories in regards to the nature of Brazil's nice measurement and variety and the way they formed state-making.

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74 Throughout the 1910s, the press reported on the expansion of automobility into Brazil’s interior towns and cities. In addition to cars, bus and private car services connected interior towns. These services brought the smallest communities in contact with railroad links to state capitals and beyond. These early bus lines connected towns in Minas Gerais with those in São Paulo. The Auto-Viação Inter-Municipal Uberaba covered 356 kilometers and stretched all the way to Goiás. These services often traveled over old ox paths and across rickety and dangerous bridges.

One advertisement in Fon-Fon! for Benz automobiles used a fictitious scene from the Brazilian Academy of Letters to try to sell cars. 1). João do Rio’s and other cronistas’ writings celebrating the new culture of automobilismo, along with the advent of Fon-Fon! represented a new sort of hope among segments of Brazil’s urban intelligentsia. 1 Early Fon-Fon! cover depicts a new automobile mowing down members of the traditional political and military elite with the comment “Good God! What a windfall.

Made automobiles. S. government and business analyses of the Brazilian 38 autos and progress market noted that the highly skewed distribution of income limited future growth, as did the weak road system. S. 22 One sign of the growing importance of automobiles in Brazil was the frequent counting of cars and the many comparisons of the nation’s per capita auto ownership with that of other Latin American countries. 24 This was more than simply a product of wishful thinking. 25 The distribution of autos throughout Brazil mirrored popular views about differences among the nation’s various regions.

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