By Joel Wolfe
Vehicles and development reinterprets twentieth-century Brazilian historical past via vehicles, utilizing them as a window for figuring out the nation's fight for modernity within the face of its great geographical measurement, vulnerable significant govt, and dependence on agricultural exports. one of the subject matters Wolfe touches upon are the 1st activities autos and elite consumerism; intellectuals' include of vehicles because the key for transformation and unification of Brazil; Henry Ford's construction of a firm city within the Brazilian jungle; the production of a transportation infrastructure; democratization and patron tradition; car staff and their production of a countrywide political social gathering; and the commercial and environmental effect of automobiles on Brazil. This concentrate on Brazilians' fascination with cars and their reliance on vehicle creation and intake as keys to their monetary 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 growth engages key matters in Brazil round the that means and function of race in society and likewise addresses a number of vintage debates in Brazilian experiences concerning the nature of Brazil's nice measurement and variety and the way they formed state-making.
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Some versions of this story include the erroneous claim that Patrocínio’s was the ﬁrst automobile in Brazil. Bilac supposedly took the wheel of the car just imported from France for a short drive of about 10 kilometers from Rio’s largo de São Franscisco to Tijuca. At the corner of Rua Evaristo da Veiga and Rua das Marrecas, Bilac drove straight into a tree. Some accounts even provide the two friends’ dialogue from the crash scene. Upon surviving the destruction of his new car, Patrocínio is reported to have said, “I know why this happened, it’s because I was never baptized.
101 Indeed, before the arrival of large numbers of automobiles, the state of São Paulo had studied and rejected the idea of building more roads. 102 The elite of coffee producers, bankers, and middlemen who proﬁted greatly from the nation’s infrastructure being tied to its export economy inadvertently popularized the very machines that would soon challenge aspects of Brazil’s liberal economic model. Auto transport opened the possibility, for the ﬁrst time in Brazilian history, of unifying the nation.
Auto transport opened the possibility, for the ﬁrst time in Brazilian history, of unifying the nation. Business and political elites began to speak of developing national markets and of establishing intimate contact between the distant and exotic interior and the modern and outward-looking coastal cities. The motorcar’s arrival forced Brazilians to ask difﬁcult questions about the ways in which the coffee export economy had reinforced the nation’s extreme federalism. This new technology not only challenged how Brazilians thought about the physical makeup of their country but also raised important issues about the role of the state.
Autos and Progress: The Brazilian Search for Modernity by Joel Wolfe