HIS 112
Unit 14: Latin American Modernization


Photo of Brasília, the capital of Brazil, under construction in the early 1960s. Brazilian President Juscelino Kubitschek authorized the building of the city as part of a move of the capital from Rio de Janeiro to a new, more central location in Brazil. Since the city was literally built entirely from scratch, it was meant to symbolize a new start for the country. See some additional photos. Photo courtesy C. Wayne and Dorothy Miller.

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What you must do in this unit What you can do in this unit Some videos that you can watch for this unit Extra Credit Options
  • For up to 25 points of extra credit, read President John F. Kennedy On the Alliance for Progress (1961) and then Alberto Lleras Report on the Alliance for Progress (1963) and assess the rationale and the reality of the Alliance in a one-page paper.
  • For up to 10 points of extra credit, read Pope Paul VI Populorum Progressio: Encyclical of Pope Paul VI on the Development of Peoples (March 26, 1967) and write a long paragraph examining the pope's "radical" view of development politics.
  • For up to 10 points of extra credit, read Eva Duarte de Perón, History of Perónism, excerpts, 1951 and write a short paragraph explaining some of the features of "Perónism."
  • For extra credit up to 5 points, I am always looking for photos from historical sites (graves, statues, churches, battlefields, buildings, waterfalls, mountains, etc) from around the world, particularly Russia, to use in our online courses. If you have anything that you wish to share, I would much appreciate it, and you will receive credit for your photo if used in one of our courses. Any photos that you send must have been taken by yourself. Please attach your photos to an email and send to me at charles.t.evans@gmail.com. (Don’t use cevans@nvcc.edu because of email attachment size limits.) This extra credit opportunity does not count against your limit of one extra credit for this unit.
Unit Learning Objectives
  • Upon successful completion of this unit, you will be able to (1) explain the characteristics of the modernization process in Latin and Central America and (2) identify some of the cases of U.S. involvement in Latin and Central American developments.

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