End of the Peasantry: The Rural Labor Movement in Northeast by Anthony W. Pereira

By Anthony W. Pereira

The agricultural hard work move performed a shockingly energetic position in Brazil’s transition to democracy within the 1980s.  whereas in such a lot Latin American nations rural exertions was once conspicuously marginal, in Brazil, an improved, secularized, and centralized move prepared moves, staged demonstrations for land reform, demanded political liberalization, and criticized the government’s environmental rules. during this ground-breaking booklet, Anthony W. Pereira explains this transition because the results of intertwined approaches - the modernization of agricultural construction and the growth of the welfare country into the geographical region - and explores the political outcomes of those approaches, happening not just in Latin the United States yet in a lot of the 3rd international.

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It was an important part of the popular mobilization that led eventually to the end of military rule in 1985, the creation of a new constitution in 1988, and direct elections for president in 1989. The emergence of this movement is surprising. First, it has no parallel in Brazil's southern cone neighbors, nor, with the possible exception of Colombia and parts of Central America, in the rest of Latin America. In Chile the Pinochet regime of 1973-1990 decimated the ranks of organized labor in the countryside.

Landowners' association formed in 1985 to oppose the government's proposed land reform. Page xiii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS This book is the result of a long journey. It reflects the ideas, support, and inspiration of many people. The first inspiration was the United Farm Workers of America (UFW), the union whose marchers arrived in my hometown of Sacramento, California, after a 250-mile walk from Delano one balmy day in April 1966. The walk was to protest the refusal of grape growers to sign contracts with the union and to publicize the nationwide consumer boycott of California grapes that the union had initiated.

A striker grabbed the union's megaphone and spoke to the workers, saying that he didn't want violence and that the strike committee only wanted to talk to them as comrades (companheiros). Slowly, the strikers formed a semicircle around the owner and the administrator, who issued threats in a low, tense voice. After several minutes, the situation slowly shifted. The strikers became angry. " A heated discussion with the owner ensued, with much shouting and anger on the part of the workers. The owner insisted that the strike, then in its sixth day, was not obligatory and that anyone who wanted to work for him would work.

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